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Cowboys tight end Jason Witten wants to finish season strong

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has a team-leading 70 receptions this season.
Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has a team-leading 70 receptions this season. Star-Telegram

Jason Witten has been limited in practice the past two days with a chest/ rib injury, but the Cowboys’ veteran tight end is planning to play Sunday in Buffalo.

Witten, 33, has played in a team-record 201 games, passing legendary Bob Lilly in that category earlier this season.

“I’m starting to feel better each day,” Witten said. “Just take it a day at a time. I want to be able to finish this season out strong and continue to progress.”

Witten believes he first injured his chest/ ribs on a hit he took three weeks ago at Washington, but said it’s gotten progressively better.

Witten said he doesn’t have shortness of breath because of the injury, rather: “Just mobility and torque and some of that stuff, but just keep progressing and go out there and try to finish up strong Sunday.”

Witten has been the team’s receiving leader so far this season, hauling in 70 receptions for 643 yards and two touchdowns. He recently joined the 1,000-catch club in his career, becoming only the second tight end to accomplish that feat in history.

But, at this stage in his career, Witten has said repeatedly that contending for a championship is of utmost importance. Being out of the playoffs with two games to go is certainly not the way he envisioned this season would go.

“Ideally, you’re playing to go in the postseason,” Witten said. “In my career, this hasn’t been a situation we’ve been in very much. It’s always tough when you know everything you’ve worked for and played for the entire season … when that’s gone, it makes it difficult and challenging.

“At the same time, there’s only one way to play. What brand of football we want to be and what we’re about, I think sometimes that shows the most in situations like this. I expect our team to build on that and really build on that going into the future.”

Drew Davison: 817-390-7760, @drewdavison

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