First, the report was Dez Bryant might be back for the preseason finale.
Then, we heard his high ankle sprain was healing so nicely that he could potentially be on the field for the final two preseason games.
Now? No, he’s not back today. Instead, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has dialed down expectations for the wide receiver he drafted in the first round. The story now is that Bryant might not play in the preseason at all, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas.
Bryant was injured July 30 at the Alamodome and the initial diagnosis was that he would be sidelined four to six weeks. When we’ve run across the dreaded high ankle sprain, our experience is that players, especially receivers and running backs, are more likely to be closer to the outer limits of that kind of timetable. Apparently, that is what Jones might be thinking.
“We have got to watch getting too overanxious with him,” Jones said, per the report. “But yet we know it would be helpful to him to get him work and get him in a couple of these preseason games. It's going to be a decision that is additive to a medical decision, no matter how we look at it.”
One thing is certain. The Cowboys are going to have to fight an anxious rookie who badly wants to get on the field. A cautious approach is the right one because if Bryant suffers a setback, then you could potentially not see him until October.
“I just think it'd be best for me to go out there to get some work in,” Bryant said, according to MacMahon. “I just feel like I need the feel of the game. I need to get a hit or something.”
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