Jason Witten won't use injury, hits as excuse

SEATTLE – With four catches Sunday at Seattle, Jason Witten became the second player in Cowboys history to record 700 career receptions and the third tight end to do so in league history.

Not that he’ll look back at the game fondly.

Witten had three drops in the 27-7 loss to the Seahawks, but he would not use two big hits or the spleen injury that kept him out of action for three weeks earlier in the summer as excuses.

“I just didn’t catch the ball,” Witten said. “Opportunities were there, just didn’t do it. That had nothing to do with it.”

Witten caught four passes for 58 yards, giving him 702 receptions for his career. Michael Irvin is the franchise leader with 750. The only other tight ends with more than 700 catches are Tony Gonzalez (1,149) and Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe (815).

Witten reached 700 catches in 145 games, the quickest among tight ends. It took Gonzalez 154 games to reach 700.

“He’s battling back obviously from the spleen issue, so he hasn’t been able to practice and be as normal over the past few weeks as he has been through most of his career,” coach Jason Garrett said. “Those things happen. He’s human too. We’ll make sure we correct that going forward. I know he’ll be focusing on that.”