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In 2012, Jason Witten posted receiverlike numbers. He was 30. Tony Gonzalez wasn't far behind, at age 36. Will the over-30 club rule the tight end landscape in 2013? Or will younger players -- such as Pro Bowl MVP Kyle Rudolph -- take over? And what to make of undeniably talented but oft-injured New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski? Click on the boxes below to set your rankings!

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NFL TEs in 2013

Martellus Bennett

Martellus Bennett

Bears
2012: 55 rec, 626 yards, 5 TDs

Jared Cook

Jared Cook

Rams
2012: 44 rec, 523 yards, 4 TDs

Owen Daniels

Owen Daniels

Texans
2012: 62 rec, 716 yards, 6 TDs

Vernon Davis

Vernon Davis

49ers
2012: 41 rec, 548 yards, 5 TDs

Jermichael Finley

Jermichael Finley

Packers
2012: 61 rec, 667 yards, 2 TDs

Antonio Gates

Antonio Gates

Chargers
2012: 49 rec, 538 yards, 7 TDs

Tony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez

Falcons
2012: 93 rec, 930 yards, 8 TDs

Jimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham

Saints
2012: 85 rec, 982 yards, 9 TDs

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski

Patriots
2012: 55 rec, 790 yards, 11 TDs

Brandon Myers

Brandon Myers

Giants
2012: 79 rec, 806 yards, 4 TDs

Greg Olsen

Greg Olsen

Panthers
2012: 69 rec, 843 yards, 5 TDs

Brandon Pettigrew

Brandon Pettigrew

Lions
2012: 59 rec, 567 yards, 3 TDs

Kyle Rudolph

Kyle Rudolph

Vikings
2012: 53 rec, 493 yards, 9 TDs

Jason Witten

Jason Witten

Cowboys
2012: 110 rec, 1,039 yards, 3 TDs

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Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has reportedly offered to sign a waiver that would allow him to play in Dallas' season opener at the Giants on Wednesday, weeks after he sustained a lacerated spleen. But according to sources, Dallas won't let Witten on the field without medical clearance, waiver or no waiver. A ruptured spleen is a potentially life-threatening injury -- just ask Chris Simms, who had his removed in postgame emergency surgery in 2006. Are the Cowboys being prudent in holding Witten out of the game? Or should he be allowed to play if he feels ready and is willing to assume the risk?

  • calomino: "This guy is a warrior, a pro's pro...I don't think he should play but I admire him."
  • spummm: "Only guy thats stopping him is Jerry Jones and thats where the list begins and ends."
  • crumandforster: "Admire the heart, question the brains..."
  • Tony2Dez: "If it's healed, what's the problem?"
  • New743: "We all know Witten is a gladiator. He would die on the field if he thought it would help the team win. But this is definitely a case where the coaches and doctors have to protect Witten from himself."
  • numbr4stuna: "Signing a waiver is admirable but to allow him to play would be counter to everything the NFL is preaching with regards to player safety."
  • bobbyc611: "Shut up and let him play its his body and his choice. If he wants to put himself in harms way thats his choice no one else."

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    On Thursday, "First Take" debated the news that Jason Witten will not need surgery on his spleen. Witten was injured by a big hit in a recent preseason game, and though he might miss the first game of the season he should be good to go for the remaining 15. Skip Bayless feels better about picking the Cowboys to win the East with a healthy Witten (although he's still picking the Eagles), but Stephen A. Smith doesn't have confidence in Dallas this season. What's your take?

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