Jason Witten says he's OK

Updated: September 20, 2010, 8:01 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- Cornerback Mike Jenkins and tight end Jason Witten, the Pro Bowl pair of Dallas Cowboys injured during the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss, both expect to play this weekend.

Witten sustained a slight concussion after making a catch down the middle and getting hit by two Chicago Bears. He said Monday that he feels no symptoms and hopes he'll be cleared to practice Wednesday.

"I'm sure there's protocol you have to follow and get back out there, but I don't see it being any issue," Witten said.

Jenkins suffered a bruised right knee during the drive that resulted in the Bears' final touchdown. An MRI on Monday morning did not reveal any ligament damage, Jenkins said.

"I'll be great," Jenkins said.

Witten was upset that the Cowboys' medical staff didn't clear him to return to the game after evaluating him on the sideline. Television cameras caught him shouting at team doctor Robert Fowler.

A day later, Witten expressed frustration, but not anger.

"It gets a little intense out there," Witten said. "Those trainers and doctors have my best interest at heart and they make those decisions. You want to get back out there and help your team compete and try to find a way to win, and unfortunately we weren't able to do that, but I understand that."

A Cowboys source told ESPN's Chris Mortensen on Monday that a league source contacted the team and praised their medical staff for not yielding to Witten's demand to re-enter the game.

Outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware sustained a similar concussion the previous week against the Washington Redskins, sitting out the final six defensive plays. Ware was held out of Wednesday's practice and limited in Thursday's practice but started Sunday against the Bears.

The Cowboys are thin at cornerback and tight end due to decisions made during final cuts. They opted to keep only two tight ends and three cornerbacks on the 53-man roster.

Tim MacMahon covers the Cowboys for ESPN Dallas. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.

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