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Jason Witten will practice for Cowboys today

Tight end's availability for opener still unknown Brad Biggs

Print This September 01, 2012, 12:54 PM EST

It’s not known yet if Jason Witten will be cleared in time to play in the season opener Saturday against the New York Giants.

But the tight end for the Dallas Cowboys will practice today for the first time since suffering a lacerated spleen in the season preseason game Aug. 13, according to Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas. Witten has been doing some light conditioning work but will hit the practice field, increasing the possibility he’ll be available for the opener.

Witten has yet to be cleared for contact so he will likely be held out of running drills. You wonder if it’s a case where if the Cowboys played on Sunday instead of the mid-week game at the Giants if he would be better prepared to play. John Phillips will replace Witten if he is not available.

Cornerback Mike Jenkins will also practice for the Cowboys for the first time this year as he’s been recovering from shoulder surgery all the way back in January.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune
 

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