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Dallas Cowboys: Jason Witten talks return to America’s Team

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Dallas Cowboys: Jason Witten talks return to America's Team

Jason Witten is officially back.

The Dallas Cowboys’ tight end caught his first pass in more than a year on a 10-yard completion from Dak Prescott Saturday night against the Los Angeles Rams. The catch set up Tony Pollard’s 14-yard scoring run that put the Cowboys up 7-0 at Aloha Stadium.

“It felt really good. I was very anxious to get out there and play,” Witten said. “It is just the next step in the comeback. I worked really hard to get back in shape. I hold myself to a high standard, so I can say it was not perfect. I got a little antsy early but had a big third down conversion on an option route. That was big.”

Witten and most of the other offensive starters didn’t play after the first drive.

The last time Witten played a game for the Cowboys was Dec. 31, 2017, a season-ending 6-0 win at Philadelphia. He has two receptions for 17 yards that day.

Witten is the Cowboys all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards and is third in touchdown catches with 68, behind Dez Bryant (73) and Bob Hayes (71).

Witten did not play in 2018. He briefly retired to join the Monday Night Football television crew before rejoining the Cowboys in last spring.

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Stefan Stevenson has been covering sports for the Star-Telegram since 1997. He spent five years covering TCU athletics, which included two BCS bowls, two trips to the college World Series and the move to the Big 12. He has covered the Texas Rangers since 2014 and started reporting on the Dallas Cowboys in 2016.