After three straight seasons with at least 88 catches, 1233 yards and 12 touchdowns, Bryant managed just 31-401-3 in an injury-shortened, nine-game season. Assuming his offseason goes well and a healthy Tony Romo is back under center, we believe he'll be back in the top 10 in 2016. It does appear that his body may be breaking down, so this is a crucial offseason for the talented receiver.
The Dallas Cowboys have yet to rule Dez Bryant out of Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins, but the wide receiver will have more tests this week on his surgically-repaired right foot and his ailing ankle.
When asked if there is a worry if there is another fracture in Bryant’s foot, coach Jason Garrett said, “just evaluating where he is.”
Bryant had surgery Sept. 14 to repair a broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot suffered in the season opener. He had a bone graft done at the time of the surgery to help promote healing, which is how the Cowboys dealt with the same fracture to defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence last year. He later had a stem-cell injection for his foot in October.
Earlier in the month Bryant said he was feeling as good as he had felt all season but Garrett said the receiver’s foot and ankle have gotten progressively worse in the last few weeks.
Friday, December 25, 2015, 10:17pm
Cowboys WR Cole Beasley (knee, illness, questionable) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is questionable for Week 16. If Beasley can play he should see extra targets with Dez Bryant sidelined.
Friday, December 25, 2015, 10:17pm
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 16. The doubtful tag indicates that Bryant won’t play this week, and he may be done for the year. Terrance Williams and the gang get a bump, but this is a big blow to the entire offense. The Bills defense looks like a good streaming option since the Cowboys will be without their best offensive player.
Bryant is out of practice again on Friday, making a clean sweep of the week for the wideout. Bryant has been listed as doubtful to play against the Bills as a result.
The doubtful tag indicates that Bryant won’t play this week, and he may be done for the year. Terrance Williams and the gang get a bump, but this is a big blow to the entire offense. The Bills defense looks like a good streaming option since the Cowboys will be without their best offensive player.
Thursday, December 24, 2015, 6:12pm
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot) missed practice again Thursday. Bryant practiced fully last week, so the missed practices are a concern. With nothing to play for, the Cowboys may elect to rest their franchise receiver if he’s less than 100%.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015, 6:11pm
Friday, December 18, 2015, 6:32pm
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 15. Bryant is expected to play through the foot injury even though the Cowboys are barely alive in the postseason hunt.
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 6:06pm
Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 6:21pm
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot) practiced fully Wednesday. Bryant is expected to play through the foot injury even though the Cowboys are barely alive in the postseason hunt. He’ll have a tough matchup with Darrelle Revis this week.
"We'll go balls out with Dez," owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.
Bryant missed five games recovering from a broken foot suffered in the season opener and has played through knee and ankle injuries since Nov. 8. In eight games, he has caught 27 passes for 351 yards and two touchdowns.
Jones puts Bryant's lack of success this season on missing the offseason program with a contract dispute and missing half of the training camp practices and the four preseason games with a hamstring injury.
"I'm not so sure the foot is an issue apart from the fact that it limited him very early in the season and training camp, and of course the way [we] were involved in negotiations during the spring," Jones said. "In my mind, it is completely related to lack of practice, repetition.
Bryant caught one pass for 9 yards in Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers. He dropped two passes and had another pass deflect off his hands for an interception on the Cowboys' first drive of the game. The QB situation isn't helping Bryant owners either as the whole Dallas offense has struggled without Tony Romo.
Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:22pm
Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6:31pm
S Jeff Heath (shoulder)
WR Dez Bryant (foot, knee), CB Morris Claiborne (hamstring, ankle)
LB Perry Riley (foot)
DE Chris Baker (illness), CB Will Blackmon (shoulder, hip), S Dashon Goldson (knee, hamstring, wrist), CB DeAngelo Hall (toe), DE Jason Hatcher (knee), WR DeSean Jackson (illness), DT Terrance Knighton (migraine), C Josh LeRibeus (ankle, shoulder)
Both Bryant and Jackson are probable and expected to go in this NFC East matchup. Bryant was a full go in practice all week with foot and knee injuries while Jackson did not practice Saturday because of an illness, but is expected to play Monday night.
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