ARLINGTON, Texas – Last Monday, Jason Witten could barely walk because of sprains to both ankles and his left knee.
He was in such bad shape that he needed to take a ride on a cart from the Blue Star Imaging at the front of the Dallas Cowboys' facility to the locker room, normally a quick walk.
On Tuesday he was on crutches. By Wednesday he was on the field, taking part in a limited portion of practice.
On Sunday, he played in his 190th straight game -- the longest active streak for a non-kicker/punter in the NFL -- and caught six passes for 65 yards.
“Between Monday and Wednesday felt a lot better,” Witten said. “We kind of did treatment around the clock and things started feeling better. On Wednesday, got it taped up and felt pretty good and I knew I was going [to play]. From then on the focus was on getting ready not just to play, but play well.”
The Cowboys ran 49 offensive plays and Witten was on the field for every snap. He played in 82 of 85 plays against the Philadelphia Eagles despite the sprains in those games.
Witten is off to the best start of his career with 21 receptions. He had 20 catches in the first three games of the 2008 season. His 181 yards through three games are fourth best in his career -- he had 273 yards in 2008. His two touchdowns are the same amount through three games as in 2007 and ’13.
“I feel good,” Witten said.
Last week he was listed as a limited participant on Thursday and Friday.
“I’ll be full from here on out,” Witten said.