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Jason Witten breaks Bob Lilly’s team record for consecutive games

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten played in his 197th consecutive game, setting a team record.
Cowboys tight end Jason Witten played in his 197th consecutive game, setting a team record. AP

Jason Witten didn’t play a huge part in Sunday’s victory over the Dolphins, but it should be noted he played. Again.

It marked the tight end’s 197th consecutive game, breaking Bob Lilly’s team record that ended in 1974.

“Nobody does that,” Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said. “I think you forget sometimes. You take Jason Witten for granted, because he literally is the best at what he does. He’s a professional. I’ve never played in a game where Jason Witten didn’t play. That never happens.”

Witten has missed only one game in his career, sitting out the first Eagles game his rookie season of 2003 with a broken jaw.

“Winning is most important at this point,” Witten said. “I have said it before, when you come to this organization, you learn real quick who Mr. Cowboy is. Not just the way he played, but how he played. I honored to be able to pass him and have his respect. There are a lot of great Cowboys. I just appreciate all the people that help me get here week in and week out.”

Witten caught only two passes for 27 yards, but it pulled him within six of the 1,000-catch club. Tony Gonzalez, with 1,325 catches, is the only tight end in NFL history with 1,000 catches.

Tony Romo postgame press conference when he was asked if he saw the humor in the downpour that greeted his return.

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