Cowboys' Jason Witten to see doctor Tuesday, Week 1 status still in doubt

Garrett says doctors will determine when Witten's available to return to the lineup. (US PRESSWIRE)

Tight end Jason Witten suffered a lacerated spleen in the Cowboys' August 13 preseason game against the Raiders. and although he won't be required to undergo surgery, Witten's availability for Dallas' regular-season opener against the <span data-shortcode= Giants" data-canon="New York Jets" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM" id="shortcode0"> remains in doubt.  He's scheduled to see a doctor next Tuesday to get an update on his status.

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"The most recent update on Witten is everything is going fairly well with him," coach Jason Garrett said Thursday according to the Star-Telegram.com's Clarence E. Hill. "Obviously it’s a very serious injury that he has. The doctors have seen all of his tests, his blood work all throughout the process and he’s scheduled to see another doctor on Tuesday, and hopefully we can get an OK from that, but this is all normal within the process of what we thought right from the outset. But everything has come back positive for him and we’re hopeful that he can return sooner rather than later."

Witten hasn't practiced since sustaining the injury and has already been ruled out of the Cowboys' final two preseason games. Ultimately, whether he can go on September 5 will be determined by the doctors.

"I don’t want to get into the specifics of that, but everything he’s done up to this point has been positive," Garrett said. " He’s feeling better, the blood work has come back positive for us, meaning it’s good, and he’s going to see this doctor on Tuesday, so we’ll get a further update at that point about how do we go forward."

Meanwhile, there's this from Fox Sports Southwest's Matt Mosley:

We'll know one way or the other in 13 days.

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