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Jason Witten Injury: WR's Have Opportunity, Says Jerry Jones

You can't spin a lacerated spleen into positive news, but Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones is remaining optimistic despite tight end Jason Witten's preseason injury.

Jones is looking forward to seeing wide receivers Andre Holmes and Kevin Ogletree make the most of this opportunity, via Tim McMahon of

"You have to be able to adjust and hopefully have enough flexibility and have enough options offensively so that when you get players hurt, you've got to have other ways to run your offense," said Jones, specifically mentioning that he looks forward to seeing the Cowboys work on multi-receiver packages. "And we do."
In an effort to put a positive spin on the situation, Jones also reflected on the occasions in recent Cowboys history when a playmaker burst through a window opened by another player's injury. He mentioned the record-setting performances by Austin and DeMarco Murray in their first games with heavy workloads, as well as Laurent Robinson's 11-touchdown campaign in his sole season with the Cowboys.

"That's part of what happens," Jones said. "That's not what you want. You want to keep these guys healthy, but at this juncture with three weeks to go before we play a game, we get an opportunity to see some alternatives."

Jones added that he was more concerned about his team defensively at this juncture.

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