Jason Witten – What has been a physically trying preseason for the Dallas Cowboys got a little better when team doctors informed tight end Jason Witten that he will not need season-ending surgery to repair a lacerated spleen, ESPN reported Wednesday.The bleeding in Witten’s spleen has finally subsided, leading his doctors to believe that it will heal on its own.Witten, who suffered the injury during an Aug. 13 preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, is still aiming to return in time for the Cowboys’ Sept. 5 regular-season opener against New York Giants, but it remains unclear whether he will be ready to play again so soon.A more likely return could be in Week 2, when Dallas plays at Seattle.The news will be welcomed by a team that has been devastated by injuries so far this preseason, particularly throughout its receiving corps. In addition to Witten, Dallas will likely be minus quarterback Tony Romo’s two other top threats in wide receivers Dez Bryant (knee) and Miles Austin (hamstring) until the start of the regular season.Witten, however, is the glue that often keeps the offense together and his loss would have been a major blow to a Dallas team trying to shed its underachieving label of recent years. The nine-year veteran and seven-time Pro Bowl selection is Romo’s unquestioned go-to guy, hauling in 409 passes for 4,824 yards and 21 touchdowns since Romo took over as the starter in 2006.Witten, who is also a key part of the Dallas ground game with his blocking on the edge, has missed just one game in his career because of a fractured jaw he suffered as a rookie in 2003. He’s played through a broken rib, as well as knee and ankle injuries.Witten totaled 79 catches for 942 yards and five touchdowns a year ago, passing Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome as the tight end with the third-most receptions in NFL history.
Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Friday’s Houston Matters: We learn why a group of former Houston Texans cheerleaders are suing the organization, and what fallout the lawsuit will have on the team and the NFL.With another hurricane season beginning today, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett is concerned too many Houstonians will view future storms through the lens of Harvey. We find out what he means and talk with psychologist Dr. Leslie Taylor about possible “disaster fatigue.”Also this hour: From road rage to school shootings, the argument could easily be made that we find ourselves living in a significantly more aggressive world than years ago. We discuss what can be done to change that.Then, our panel of non-experts weighs in on some of the interesting stories from the week’s news and decides if they are good, bad, or ugly. And we learn about the flock of chickens who’ve taken up residence at Sam Houston State University.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video.We offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcast apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share 00:00 /50:15 X
If you’re even remotely interested in video games right now, chances are good that you’ve formed a firm opinion about the next generation of consoles from Microsoft and Sony. With that in mind, so many conversations about the new consoles ultimately boil down to, “So which are you getting, a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One?”Around the office, it seemed like everyone had a different approach to why they would pick one console or the other, so we gathered some quick notes from the staff to share with you. (The poll made everyone choose between the two systems, even though many of us will end up getting both.)Sal Cangeloso – PS4When it came to choosing between the Xbox 360 and PS3, did the most logical thing I could think of: I bought the Xbox early and the PlayStation as soon as the Slim was released. This meant I had some catching up to do with the PS3’s excellent catalog of exclusives, but I never regretted waiting and saving something like $300. Come this holiday season I’ll be buying a PlayStation 4. The Xbox One has a number of cool features and some must-play titles, but this time I’ll save the $100 and start on the PS4’s games while trying to play Xbox One games on my PC (if the 360 is any indication I won’t be missing out on too much). I’ll finally pick up PlayStation Plus, which seems like it’s something I won’t regret, where paying for Xbox Live Gold fills my heart with sadness.Sooner or later I’m pretty sure I’ll buy an Xbox One, because the long-term prospects for that system do seem to be exciting. For now though, I’d like to hop on the bandwagon of PS4 excitement and see where it takes me.Ryan Whitwam – PS4I’m reticent about jumping on internet bandwagons. They always look safe at the time, but then everyone sees a new cat GIF and forgets why they wereupset. The rage over the Xbox One’s used game and internet connection requirements are causing an uproar right now, but it’s going to die down. With that said, I don’t see myself buying the One because of Microsoft’s approach.I’m mainly a PC gamer, so when I do invest in a console game, it’s more of a causal experience for me — I simply don’t need to own the content forever. I don’t care about Halo or Kinect integration, and none of the other Xbox exclusives do it for me. The PS4 seems more my speed. I can get used games however I want, and more importantly, let friends borrow my games without the hassle.I also feel like Sony is finally going to get the online aspect right this time. It learned its lesson in the last generation.Russell Holly – Xbox OneI own all of the current generation game consoles, as well as the Deluxe Edition Wii U I picked up on launch day. My kids play the Wii U more than I do now due to the lack of titles and the inability to deliver TiVO support, and outside of that my Xbox 360 is the only other console that sees any action. I use the console for Netflix and Hulu more than I do to play games, but when I do play it is usually with Xbox Live friends. I’m pretty thoroughly invested in the Microsoft ecosystem now. I enjoy the voice actions from Kinect, SmartGlass does a great job of adding that second screen experience, and my Microsoft account is fairly loaded with games that I have purchased digitally. My PS3 only gets turned on when there’s a game that I can’t play somewhere else, mostly because the experience just isn’t enjoyable.I don’t buy used games, and my 150/75 FIOS connection is never down. That’s not to say that Microsoft is handling customers who fit in those categories the right way, but for my own purposes these aren’t things that will have any bearing on console usage. I am pretty much exactly who the Xbox One was made for. From the HDMI passthrough and the bigger and better Kinect to the new controller and deeper SmartGlass integration, the Xbox One is an dramatic upgrade in every way.I’m pretty excited about the games coming out for both consoles, but if I were to only choose one it would be the Xbox One. 1 2
Kolkata: State Health department officials held a meeting with senior police officers at Swasthya Bhawan on Tuesday, discussing security aspects at various state-run medical colleges in the city. The main purpose of the meeting was to address the instances of security lapse.Senior police officers have already visited various medical colleges in the city to take a stock of the security measures in place. On the basis of their observation, they met the health officials to discuss how to enhance the security infrastructure in the medical colleges and hospitals. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMeanwhile, some junior doctors on Tuesday threatened to organise another movement, in response to the five accused persons arrested in connection with the NRS incident being granted bail. All five persons who were arrested in connection with the assault on the junior doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital a few days ago, were granted bail by a city court on Monday. The accused were given bail as there was not enough evidence to establish their involvement in the incident. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe five persons had been remanded to police custody on two occasions since their arrest. On Monday, a city court granted them bail on personal bond. The release of the accused did not go down well with the junior doctors as they are considering it ‘a failure’ of the police. A team of junior doctors from NRS Medical College and Hospital met the Director of Medical Education (DME) Dr Pradip Mitra on Tuesday in this regard. They also sought a clarification from the DME on how the accused, who had allegedly attacked the doctors, were granted bail. The junior doctors said that the Health department officials had provided them assurance that the accused persons had been booked under non-bailable sections. The DME reportedly told the junior doctors that it was the court’s decision and the Health department had nothing to do with it.