Witten wants to play through pain

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

It doesn't surprise me that tight end Jason Witten is lobbying to play against the Giants with a broken rib Sunday. I did an interview with him in 2003 in which he was mumbling because he had two steel plates in his broken jaw.

The injury kept him out of one game, but he returned to the field the following week. Witten has already been in pain because of a shoulder injury that's required pain-killing injections, but he refused to let it keep him off the field.

The best course of action would be for Witten to sit out Sunday's game and then use the bye week to recover before the Redskins game. But that's not how he operates. With Brad Johnson basically throwing medicine balls, the Cowboys desperately need Witten as a receiver and blocker.

If he can't go, second-round draft pick Martellus Bennett out of Texas A&M will take over as the starter. Bennett is talented, but he'd be a huge drop-off from Witten. Without Witten, Tony Romo, Felix Jones and Kyle Kosier, the Cowboys would be in big trouble in the Meadowlands.

Wait, they're already in big trouble.