Cowboys Witten Weighs In; Video Visits

IRVING - Jason Witten issues a firm statement on domestic violence, plus CowboysHQ hangs in the locker room for Thursday Video Visits as Dez, DeMarco and Melton talk on Dallas' preparation for Sunday at Tennessee. Premium Cowboys coverage inside!

WITTEN WEIGHS IN: Dallas Cowboys captain Jason Witten expressed disappointment over the Ray Rice domestic violence case and says professional athletes are obliged to serve as "role models" in addressing the problem.

“I think big, strong athletes that can stand up against that can show the way in a lot of ways," said Witten, the perennial Pro Bowler who has been frank about coming from a home in which his father was abusive. "And I think a lot of athletes do a good job of that, but obviously seeing the video was disappointing ... As pro athletes and as men, we can be the role models with a platform ... to show the way."

Rice, the Ravens star running back, has been suspended by the NFL following the release of a video that shows Rice knocking out his now-wife, Janay, in a hotel elevator.

"For somebody who is an advocate (in the fight against domestic violence) obviously I find it unacceptable," said Witten, adding that while he doesn't know all the details regarding the investigating into NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's controversial handling of the case, "somewhere the ball has been dropped."

WITTEN VIDEO VISIT: The Cowboys tight end's Thursday visit with the media also included football talk, of course ...

As always, Witten gets asked to serve as a spokesman for many things, including the state of his buddy at QB.

"He'll continue to do what he does and he'll bounce back,'' Witten said of Tony Romo. "He's had a really good week so far."

MELTON VIDEO VISIT: Henry Melton played 26 snaps last week. Ready to do more?

"This whole week my stamina has been really good,'' said Melton, who is working with Rod Marinelli to maybe get that to 40 snaps this week. "It's been improving as I come on."

DEMARCO VIDEO VISIT: DeMarco Murray talked football ... but also about being in the final year of his contract ...

“It is a business, so you can’t get butt-hutt over things like that,” Murray said. “You got to have thick skin, I would say. Like I’ve said before, I love being here. I love playing with 9, 82 and 88. I love playing for Coach Garrett and this organization as a whole, so it’s something I’ll continue to strive for, continue to work hard for. Hopefully it happens. We’ll see.”

DEZ VIDEO VISIT: "Tony is the quarterback,” Bryant said, offering more support to Romo after the QB's poor game against the 49ers. “He’s my quarterback and I’m going to forever uplift him the best I possibly can. ... In anything, I’ve got his back. If he did something wrong, I would say it to him. There’s nothing that me and him, not only me and him but any of these guys, can’t figure out what the issue might be. But like I said, it’s my guy, man.”

THE FINAL WORD: "The way we’re out here working ... we let that (49ers) stuff go away and work on the positive. We’re all trying to figure out the best way we can beat (Tennessee.) We just had a slow start and I think we’re speeding up.”

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