It’s been a long time since Jason Witten hasn’t started a game. Almost a decade, in fact, and now Witten has another piece of franchise history after being in the starting lineup for the Dallas Cowboys’ game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
The last time he didn’t start a game, Bill Parcells was the Cowboys coach. It came Dec. 10, 2006, when the Cowboys opened in a four-wide-receiver formation against the New Orleans Saints.
Witten made the 203rd start of his career, tying Ed “Too Tall” Jones for the most in team history.
Witten has already played in more consecutive games than any player in team history (this is his 209th consecutive game). When the Cowboys play the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 30, he can equal Lee Roy Jordan’s team mark for most consecutive starts at 154.
Fellow tight end Geoff Swaim had a pretty good perspective on Witten’s endurance that he shared with ESPN.
“That’s unreal,” Swaim said. “Two-hundred-and-whatever games, no matter how you get them, is unbelievable. But he’s been able to do that with the amount of bumps, bruises and injuries that go undisclosed. That’s crazy. It’s a testament to how hard he works and then his level of toughness and how much he cares to be on the field for his guys. Unbelievable, man. He’s a leader, a guy you look up to. I don’t know if you’re ever going to get to that level of that toughness but you certainly aspire to be some of the player he is definitely.”