ARLINGTON, Texas – Cowboys tight end Blake Jarwin posted a career-best 56 yards and seven catches on seven targets.
Cowboys rookie tight end Dalton Schultz, too, had the best game of his young career, catching all three targets from Dak Prescott for 37 yards.
And Jason Witten?
No, the Cowboys will not bring back their former tight end, owner Jerry Jones said after Dallas’ 29-23 overtime win vs. Philadelphia. ESPN reported Sunday that Cowboys coach Jason Garrett had tried to lure Witten back on multiple occasions.
“That’s not correct,” Jones said. “That’s just not correct, period.
“Jason is not and he’s got his head down focused and his hands in the dirt, as he said, up there with 'Monday Night Football.' That’s where that is.”
Witten retired in May to become the station’s "Monday Night Football" color analyst after 15 years with Dallas. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo assumed CBS’ lead analyst role one season prior.
Witten has shouldered criticism for his broadcasts, from bungled words to rocky transitions with a four-person team (ESPN has Booger McFarland on the call in addition to two booth men and a sideline reporter). In his call of the Eagles-Redskins game last week, Witten slammed Washington for what he called “horrendous” judgment in the franchise's decision to claim linebacker Reuben Foster amid domestic violence allegations. Witten, who grew up with an abusive father, didn’t speak out in 2015 against the Cowboys signing defensive end Greg Hardy in a similar predicament. On Monday night, Witten was criticized for not clarifying the discrepancy. He later did in a tweet.
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