Garrett defines similarities between Witten, Irvin

Jason Witten

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Cowboys tight end Jason Witten returned to the practice field in pads on Saturday for the first time since he lacerated his spleen in an August 13 pre-season game.

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by JOE TRAHAN

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WFAA Sports

Posted on October 31, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 31 at 4:39 PM

IRVING – Cowboys tight end Jason Witten needs four catches against the Falcons Sunday to surpass Michael Irvin as the Cowboys all-time leader in receptions.

While the two seem dissimilar on the outside, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has a different take.

"Each of those guys is as good a teammate as I've been around, as passionate about this game as I've been around, work as hard as anyone I've been around," says Garrett.

Garrett pointing out that there is a facet to Witten and Irvin's greatness that makes them kindred spirits.  

"A great example of guys who do have an exterior that's a little bit different; Michael is obviously flamboyant; Jason is not quite as flamboyant, but the passion in both those guys is there," says Garrett. 

"The common denominator between great players and great coaches and great teams is the passion the passion and intensity for the game and each of those guys has it and I've been fortunate."

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