Jason Witten is going to have to get used to not doing much of anything if he wants to play in the season opener in September.
Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday that his Pro Bowl tight end sustained a “slightly lacerated” spleen in the preseason opener Monday night against Oakland. The best way for Witten to heal is to remain as inactive as possible.
“It’s a very serious injury and we’re really taking this thing day by day,” Garrett said. “He has to be very still and idle for the next week to 10 days, so you won’t see him out here on the practice field. He won’t play in the game this week or next week. We’ve just got to make sure he heals as well as possible, as quickly as possible.”
Witten is expected to miss the rest of the preseason.
The Cowboys open the season in three weeks, Sept. 5, at the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants.
The coach said doctors will reassess Witten next week.
STEELERS: Linebacker James Harrison underwent left knee surgery on Wednesday, clouding his chances of returning in time for the start of the regular season.
Coach Mike Tomlin called the procedure “minor” but wouldn’t put a timetable on when Harrison will be ready. The four-time Pro Bowler and 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year will remain on the physically unable to perform list indefinitely.
PANTHERS: Wrapped up training camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg. S.C., with several key positions still up for grabs.
The kicking competition between veteran Olindo Mare and former CFL kicker Justin Medlock had been the most intriguing battle for most of the three-week camp. But that has since shifted to cornerback, where rookie Josh Norman is pushing former South Carolina standout Captain Munnerlyn for the starting job opposite Chris Gamble.
BRONCOS: Defensive end Jason Hunter had surgery on his torn triceps and is out for four months. Right guard Chris Kuper had surgery on his broken left forearm and is out four to six weeks.
• Jurors convicted linebacker D.J. Williams of driving while ability-impaired and driving without headlights.
Williams was charged with driving under the influence and traffic charges but the jury returned the lesser verdicts after a trial that lasted less than a day.
Williams already is facing a six-game suspension for failing an off-season drug test.