Dez Bryant was playing catch with secondary coach Dave Campo before this morning's practice when he saw head coach Wade Phillips out of the corner of his eye.
His mouth creased into a smile, his eyes got big and he happily yelled to Phillips, "Coach, I'm running routes today!"
For the first time since injuring his ankle in July, Bryant will run routes. He's expected to sprint, cut, turn on a dime and catch passes from quarterbacks in Thursday's afternoon practice. It won't be full participation in practice - that could come as early as next week.
"I'm excited," Bryant said. "I am ready for it. I know I can (cut on the ankle)."