Need a reason to watch? Dez Bryant could play Thursday

Struggling for a reason to get excited about the final week of the preseason?

Searching for a good cause to tune in?

Andy Reid has declared he is not going to play his starters in Philadelphia. Other teams will sit major stars. Some will play their frontline guys for a series. Maybe two.

But Thursday could mark the debut of one of the NFL’s most heralded rookies. Wide receiver Dez Bryant has been medically cleared to return to action for the Dallas Cowboys, who play the Miami Dolphins that night.

Bryant has been sidelined since the start of training camp with a high ankle sprain, and now it appears he indeed will be ready for the start of the regular season Sept. 12. Whether or not that involves getting a little action in the Cowboys’ fifth preseason game, well, we’ll have to wait and find out.

“I don’t know," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said, according to Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “He’ll be able to play. He’ll be ready to go. It’s a question of is it worth some of the risk. If we end up playing our regulars, then that might make a difference. We typically have not played a full set of our players, so that might be something we might consider since we’ve got a chance to have our starters out there.”

Obviously, there is some risk/reward with getting Bryant some game action. We see more risk than reward. Certainly it will be tough for the team to tell Bryant he can’t go out there. Stay tuned.

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