Jason Witten 's waiting period is up. After being told to stay inactive for 10 days to let his lacerated spleen heal, the Dallas Cowboys tight end was working out with an athletic trainer during Monday's practice. More should be known about Witten's health when he visits a doctor Tuesday.
In other Cowboys injury news, the Dallas Morning News reports that wide receiver Miles Austin is still on track to play Week 1 versus the New York Giants. However, he still hasn't returned to practice due to his strained hamstring, and head coach Jason Garrett said Austin won't practice until the end of this week at the earliest.
I know they aren't equal in fantasy terms, but I would much rather take a chance on Witten than Austin. It seems rather difficult to reinjure a spleen. But Austin has made reinjuring a hamstring look like a snap. He has missed the large majority of training camp because of this latest strain after missing six games last year due to injuries to each hamstring. He won't play in any preseason games, and while I think both players are not going to play Sept. 5, I'm very certain that Witten will play in Week 2. Austin? I think we're all just waiting for the next time that muscle gives out.