Since most of what we do around here is viewed through the fantasy prism, I’m a little conflicted about Jason Witten’s game-time decision being a positive one for those who own him, myself included. From a fantasy perspective, Witten being active is clearly a chance for us to claim victory over an early-season injury scare.
From a reality perspective, it seems stupid, and maybe even a little barbaric.
This is a lacerated internal organ we’re talking about here (his spleen), and as recently as this morning widespread reports indicated that Witten was cleared to play in Week 2, but he wouldn’t play tonight. It’s been just over three weeks since he sustained the injury, so suddenly his health changed drastically in the past 24 hours?
He was listed as doubtful on the Cowboys’ injury report, and now his surprise appearance comes following a miraculous turnaround and a last-minute clearance by team doctors. More realistically, the Cowboys caved knowing the frailty of their offensive line and Tony Romo’s desperate need for his security blanket, and they put the team’s needs ahead of Witten’s. When players are severely unhealthy in their 50′s, it’s nights like this that they can look back on with regret. But hey, this is how tough guys roll, brah.
As far as fantasy is concerned, again, this isn’t a muscle or bone that’s healed and is now close to full function. It’s an internal organ, so it’s very difficult to gauge if Witten is only healthy enough to play, but isn’t really Witten yet. Whether or not you make the last minute switch depends on your level of risk tolerance, especially with the lack of time Romo will have while he tries to keep his ass from touching turf.