Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/18/12
During the Dallas Cowboys' preseason opener against the Oakland Raiders, Tony Romo found himself under pressure on several occasions. Romo is truly brilliant improvising after a play breaks down.

In times of trouble, Jason Witten is usually Romo's go-to-guy.

Unfortunately for Witten, he took a hard hit in Oakland. The hit was clean, yet damaging.

Witten left the game with what was later diagnosed as a lacerated spleen, and is out for the rest of the preseason. 

Losing Witten for the remainder of the preseason is certainly bad news. However, there might be a silver-lining, but it is a reach. 

Without Witten in the lineup, Dez Bryant might see more passes come his way. Bryant is performing out of his mind through training camp and preseason, but still needs to fully gain the trust of Romo in crucial situations.  

Bryant did not fare particularly well over last season during the 2nd half of games. The talented receiver managed only two touchdowns all season in the 2nd half, compared to his seven scoring grabs in the 1st half of games. 

Although Romo and company won't be on the field for more than 12 plays against the San Diego Chargers on Saturday night, Bryant is still presented with the opportunity for more targets. 

Young receiver Cole Beasley could get more looks as well. Beasley failed to impress in his first preseason game. Hopefully he can stand out as a receiver against the Chargers, and solidify a spot on the Cowboys' roster behind Austin and Bryant. 

Preseason injuries occur every year, but lacerated spleens aren't usually on the report. There is no good news, but Bryant might be able to earn Romo's trust at a quicker rate without Witten on the field. 

At least the spleen didn't rupture, and despite the injury, it is still good news that Martellus Bennett is gone.


MORE FROM YARDBARKER

John Wall warns Lonzo Ball about having target on his back

Eric Bledsoe raises suspicion with tweet

Browns select empty seat to win prize

Hue Jackson critical after DeShone Kizer stayed out late Friday

Carson Palmer to miss eight weeks with broken arm

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Mitchell Trubisky leads Bears to win despite completing just four passes

Red Sox confirm Alex Cora as new manager

Joe Thomas misses his first career snap after injuring arm

Dolphins fans cheer after Jay Cutler leaves with injury

Browns bench DeShone Kizer again, bring in Cody Kessler

Bills fans boo team off field after hatchet job to end half

MLS Decision Day: East to be a rumble while West up for grabs

Most prominent sports bans on the 5th anniversary of the Lance Armstrong ban

Sports & Politics Intersect: Cubs owner up for Heritage Foundation post

The 'Like Mike, only better' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Dodgers finish Cubs while Astros find pain in the Bronx

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a call

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

MLS Decision Day: East to be a rumble while West up for grabs

Most prominent sports bans on the 5th anniversary of the Lance Armstrong ban

Houston Astros hold off Yankees, forcing Game 7

Sports & Politics Intersect: Cubs owner up for Heritage Foundation post

The 'Like Mike, only better' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Dodgers finish Cubs while Astros find pain in the Bronx

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker