Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Cowboys' Jason Witten Willing to Sign Waiver Medical Waiver for Week 1

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The first game of the 2012 NFL regular season gets underway tonight with two of the most heated division rivals going head-to-head in the Dallas Cowboys and defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants.

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As usual, the top two teams in the NFC East division head into this matchup with very talented rosters from top to bottom. The Giants definitely have the edge in the Week 1 showdown playing at home in MetLife Stadium and coming off another Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots. New York has lost a few players in the off-season with Mario Manningham and Brandon Jacobs signing with the San Francisco 49ers, but the team is still projected to do very well this season.

As for the Cowboys, America’s Team comes into the season-opener against their division rivals with a big question mark surrounding arguably one of the team’s best players in tight end Jason Witten. After sustaining an injury to his spleen during training camp, Witten has been inactive and questionable for Week 1.

In an effort to get on the field against the Giants, Witten is willing to sign a medical waiver that would not make the team liable for 7-time Pro Bowler if he re-injures his spleen. This is a big risk for both Witten and the Cowboys with another injury to the tight end potentially being devastating for the organization moving forward.

Obviously, the Cowboys are about as talented as any team in the league in terms of offensive firepower with quarterback Tony Romo, wide receivers Dez Bryant and Miles Austin, and running back DeMarco Murray, but losing Witten definitely tilts the scales in favor of the Giants in Week 1 and in the race for the NFC East division title at season’s end.

1 comment:

Jim Philips said...

online bookmaker were pretty much happy for this high quality game. I can't wait for the next season.