Cowboys TE Jason Witten Expects to Play Next Week

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten was not allowed to return to Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Chicago Bears after being diagnosed with a concussion following a fourth quarter reception. Witten got into a heated discussion on the sidelines with Cowboys doctor Robert Fowler.

Witten expects to play next Sunday against the Houston Texans, David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reports.

"I feel great," Witten said. "I don't see any reason why I wouldn't be playing this week."

Witten also addressed his "conversation" with Dr. Fowler.

"I told him I was fine," Witten said. "I feel like you can clear through that stuff you can get back in there. But I understand what his role is and what he's trying to do. I just felt I knew what my body felt like more than anyone else. Any competitor is going to tell you that.

"It's not an issue of being a tough guy or anything like that. I just felt like I was OK."

Of course, the NFL is taking head injuries very seriously, and Dr. Witten's opinion on the issue aside, there are stricter rules regarding when players can return to the field following a head injury.

Witten may disagree now with Dr. Fowler's handling of the situation, but in a few years, he'll likely thank him.

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