Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten was on the practice field in pads and hopeful that he will be able to play in the season opener.
Saturday's practice was the first time Witten had been in pads since lacerating his spleen in the preseason opener on Aug. 13. He says it felt good to put the pads on and that he just ran around and caught some passes at practice.
The Cowboys open the season at the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants on Wednesday.
Witten will have to be cleared by doctors to play, and figures there will be evaluations throughout the week. The seven-time Pro Bowler says he will be fitted for protective equipment to wear when he does play.