TE Jason Witten wondered if his season was over before it ever began when doctors told the Dallas Cowboys' star tight end that he had a lacerated spleen.
Speaking to reporters three days after suffering the injury, Witten remained hopeful that he will not need surgery, which indefinitely would sideline the seven-time Pro Bowler.
An operation is a possibility depending on how Witten fares in an examination in a week to 10 days, when the Cowboys return to Dallas.
Witten's status still is uncertain for the Cowboys' regular-season opener on Sept. 5 against the New York Giants.
Per doctor's orders, Witten must remain idle to help the laceration close. He has been a spectator at the Cowboys' walk-throughs the past two days and will travel with the team to San Diego on Friday.
Witten was a nice TE target in the middle rounds, but this will hurt his ranking heading into the season until we know more. It sounds like he could be back early, but for now, drafting Witten as a TE2 is probably a safer option. There are sill plenty of candidates to fill out your lineup who are projected in the same ballpark as Witten: Vernon Davis, Jermichael Finely and Fred Davis are usually taken around the time Witten goes.