ARLINGTON -- Cowboys tight end Jason Witten wants to play today against the Raiders, but has to run around the Cowboys Stadium field to see how his sprained left foot feels. Cutting on routes and pushing off to block are key areas Witten must pass to see if he can participate.
If Witten feels good enough to do that, then the Cowboys expect to start him.
Witten was getting treatment, foot wrapped in ice as it was elevated, following Wednesday's practice at Valley Ranch. Witten, a five-time Pro Bowler, hasn't missed a game since the 2003 season. He's played in 108 of a possible 109 games.
Martellus Bennett would start if Witten were not to play. It would limit the Cowboys' using a three-tight end set, but the team has some confidence in the athletic Bennett where they feel he can make an impact.
Bennett has been getting first-team reps in practice this week and said it was no big deal if he starts because he's been preparing for it all week.
It will be interesting to see who the Cowboys make inactive should Witten miss the game. They currently have two starters, Marc Colombo and Ken Hamlin, inactive due to injury. Newly signed cornerback Cletis Gordon could be active if Witten can't play.