Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, who suffered a lacerated spleen during the preseason, has apparently offered to sign a medical waiver in order to play Wednesday night against the New York Giants, according to ESPN.
Dallas hosts the defending Super Bowl champion and NFC East rival Giants at Cowboys Stadium Wednesday, a game Witten would not want to miss.
The waiver would indemnify the Cowboys should Witten re-aggravate the injury, but Dallas does not want their seven-time Pro Bowl tight end to take such a risk. As of now, Witten is considered a game-time decision.
Witten has missed only one game in his nine-year NFL career, and famously played with a broken jaw. He originally suffered a lacerated spleen during Dallas' first preseason game against the Oakland Raiders Aug. 13.
The Knoxville native and former Tennessee star is known as quarterback Tony Romo's favorite target, and Witten will be missed when New York's pass rush kicks-in Wednesday.
Backing up Witten is Oklahoma rookie James Hanna, who was an undrafted free agent. During the preseason, Hanna recorded 10 receptions for 111 yards.
For his career, Witten has 696 receptions for 7,909 yards and 41 touchdowns all with the Cowboys. He missed one game in his rookie year in 2003.