The hot topic in #CowboysNation right now is how severe is the injury to Dallas Cowboys’ All Pro tight end Jason Witten is?
Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reports The Cowboys don’t know the extent of the injury right now, which suggests that they should be worried. They’re going to have to wait another week or so to determine whether he needs surgery. Right now, the Cowboys are of the mind that Witten will not need surgery. But if something changes, and he does, he would be sidelined indefinitely.
Many Cowboys fans are asking what is a spleen and how important is it?
The spleen is an organ in the left upper quadrant of the abdomen that filters blood by removing old or damaged blood cells and platelets. While not essential to sustain life, the spleen performs protective immunological functions in the body and contrary to popular belief, is not useless. It also helps the immune system by destroying bacteria and other foreign substances by opsonization and phagocytosis, and by producing antibodies. It also stores approximately 33 percent of all platelets in the body.
Rupture of the capsule of the spleen, an organ in the upper left part of the abdomen, is a situation that requires immediate medical attention. The rupture of a normal spleen can be caused by trauma, such as a motor vehicle accident.
As of now the Cowboys staff will re-evaluated Witten in 7-10 days. Hopefully with the right amount of time Witten’s spleen injury will not need any surgery.
Here is the hit from Rolando McClain that cause the Witten injury.
Source: Wikipedia, hughston.com