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Cowboys TE Jason Witten: I’ll be fine

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten insists he will play Sunday against the Falcons.
Cowboys tight end Jason Witten insists he will play Sunday against the Falcons. Star-Telegram

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten showed off his ankles Wednesday with a brief appearance in the locker room.

“Getting that swelling out there a little bit,” Witten said.

Witten has played in 189 consecutive games with 133 starts in a row since missing a game against the Eagles as rookie in 2003 with a fractured jaw. He expects to make it 190 and 134 on Sunday against the Falcons.

“I’ll be fine,” Witten said.

Witten has two sprained ankles and a sprained knee, but he practiced Wednesday. Witten and linebacker Kyle Wilber (hamstring) were limited.

“Track record matters,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s demonstrated a lot through his career that he can get himself ready to play when things don’t always look so good for him early on in the week. But we have to be ready with a lot of different alternatives.”

The Cowboys practiced without James Hanna, who still is rehabbing from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Saturday. That left rookie Geoff Swaim and Gavin Escobar as the only tight ends as full participants in practice.

“89 [Escobar] and 87 [Swaim] will get a lot of work and those other guys get back as quickly as they can, and you take it day by day and work you’re way through it,” Garrett said.

Receiver Dez Bryant (foot), defensive end Randy Gregory (ankle) and guard Ron Leary (groin) did not participate in practice.

Bryant rehabbed in the weight room during practice and walked around the locker room in his bare feet. He had surgery on Sept. 14 to repair the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.