Dez Bryant has promised to be aggressive in his rehabilitation from foot surgery, and that included traveling to Colorado last week to get a therapeutic injection.
According to Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys wide receiver had bone marrow stem cells removed from his hip and injected into his ankle in hopes of speeding the process of healing.
Bryant had surgery Sept. 14 which included a bone graft to help repair the fractured fifth metatarsal bone.
“It will do two things,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said of the injection. “It has the potential to improve the healing time but more important gives him and everyone more confidence that when he comes back, at whatever the time is, it will be sounder and I think that was the overriding reason for doing it. It will be sounder even if he kept the same timeframe. It could easily speed it up, but if not, what you’re always going to be worried about [is] if you wait another week maybe you’ve got less chance of reinjuring it or basically rushing it. That will give us more peace of mind on rushing it. . . .
“He’s shown exceptional in his healing,” Jones said. “I feel the procedure and how he’s doing gives us a good feeling that if we feel like he can handle the sensitivity then you feel like you aren’t being too aggressive in letting him get back out there. That’s the big thing.”
The team has been saying Dez could return during the team's Week 6 bye and then possibly play Week 7 against the Giants. Reports of him being out 12 weeks or not returning this season have quieted down, but it's still hard to trust the team - even though it has been the only recent source of news about Braynt's foot. The Cowboys maintain he's on track and there have been no setbacks, so all owners can do is hope reports are accurate.