Speaking to reporters three days after suffering a lacerated spleen, Witten remained hopeful that he will not need surgery, which indefinitely would sideline the seven-time Pro Bowler. Reported by ESPN.com
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An operation is a possibility depending on how Witten fares in an examination in a week to 10 days, when the Cowboys return to Dallas. "Initially when they said we need to talk about it, I was a little worried of how long it could be," Witten said Thursday. "Obviously being hopeful to not having to have surgery, I thought sooner than later. That's a positive sign. Yeah, I was concerned, but ultimately we got good news from that standpoint." Witten's status still is uncertain for the Cowboys' regular-season opener on Sept. 5 against the New York Giants. Per doctor's orders, Witten must remain idle to help the laceration close. He has been a spectator at the Cowboys' walk-throughs the past two days.