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Jason Witten, DeMarco Murray to miss preseason opener
by Michael Hurcomb |

It appears the Cowboys will not only be without quarterback Tony Romo for Thursday's preseason opener against the Chargers, but running back DeMarco Murray and tight end Jason Witten will also be held out, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Though, the absence of Murray and Witten are not expected to be injury related.

If all three players are sidelined, it will be the second straight season the team opted to sit Romo, Witten and Murray in the preseason opener.

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Jason Witten hasn't thought about retirement
by Larry Hartstein |

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, who turned 32 this month, is entering his 12th season. He told the Dallas Morning News he hasn't thought about retirement once.

"Obviously, I know I probably have less football ahead of me than I do more, but I'm living in that moment," Witten told the paper.

Witten has 879 catches, second among tight ends in NFL history to Tony Gonzalez's 1,325.

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Jason Witten not getting replaced by Gavin Escobar yet
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett doesn't expect tight end Jason Witten to lose any playing time to second-year Gavin Escobar in 2014, reports ESPN.

"Witt's a great football player and has been for a long time, a Pro Bowler again last year," Garrett said. "In my opinion, our opinion, the best tight end in football and has been for decades. Witt's certainly going to be a big part of what we do with our offensive football team. But that doesn't mean Gavin can't be more involved."

Witten had 73 catches for 851 yards and eight touchdowns in 2013. Escobar had just nine catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie.

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Jason Witten thrives with Kyle Orton
by Larry Hartstein |

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten set season highs with 12 catches for 135 yards in the loss to Philadelphia. Backup quarterback Kyle Orton targeted Witten a game-high 16 times.

It was a major turnaround after Witten saw three or fewer targets in three of his previous four games. Witten did have one drop Sunday night.

Witten finishes the year with 73 catches for 851 yards and eight touchdowns. He had three 100-yard games and a pair of two-touchdown performances.

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Jason Witten aiming to buck trends Week 17
by Larry Hartstein |

Cowboys backup quarterback Kyle Orton has thrown 15 passes the past two seasons. He's targeted Jason Witten four times, completing each for 48 yards. That's a promising ratio as Dallas prepares to face Philly with Orton instead of Tony Romo.

But several recent indicators are troubling for Witten, who needs one touchdown to tie the career-high nine he scored in 2010. He's drawn an average of four targets over the last month. He's failed to clear 50 yards in seven of his last 10 games. He had two catches for 13 yards last week at Washington.

The Eagles give up the 5th-fewest Fantasy points (5.7 per game) to tight ends, allowing two touchdowns all season. In Week 7 at Philadelphia, Witten caught four passes for 48 scoreless yards.

Witten is still a solid starting option. He's scored four times in the past five weeks. If Orton targets him more often than Romo has recently, Witten should end 2013 on a high note.

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