The one thing the Cowboys can count on is tight end Jason Witten. He is always there.
He made his 134th consecutive start and played in his 190th game in a row for the Cowboys last week. He was the last star standing after injuries to Tony Romo and Dez Bryant took them out of the lineup.
Despite two sprained ankles and a sprained knee, Witten caught six passes for 65 yards.
“I feel good,” Witten said. “Early [last] week, it was a little tough trying to get some of that swelling out, but by the end of the week, it felt really good. The trainers did a good job helping me out, so yeah, I think I’m past all that and feel good.”
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Witten is tied for the team lead in catches with 21 and has 181 yards and two touchdowns. He’s tied for 13th in the league in catches.
Those numbers could go up this week.
The Saints defense, which ranks 22nd against the pass, has allowed 17 catches for 268 yards and three touchdowns to tight ends. Panthers tight end Greg Olsen had eight receptions for 134 yards and two touchdowns last week in Carolina’s 27-22 victory over the Saints. Arizona tight end Darren Fells had four catches for 82 yards and a touchdown in Week 1.
“Carolina just did a good job,” Witten said. “Really good throws by Cam [Newton]. Nice little play action that they had going there, and Olsen made some nice plays. So just with anything, it’s their personnel. They did a good job. We’ll try to do the same things we do every week. Try to take advantage of the opportunities we get.”