Just the other day Dallas special teams coach Joe DeCamillis was talking about his excitement level in having Dez Bryant return kicks and punts.
"He's special with the ball in his hands and we're going to try to help him as much as we can," DeCamillis said, adding, "I think he's got a chance to be exceptional at both."
But with Bryant now out 4-6 weeks with a high right ankle sprain, the Cowboys will have to wait to see how good Bryant can be in the return game.
In Saturday's morning session, Felix Jones was the first-team kick returner, followed by Miles Austin and Titus Ryan. Patrick Crayton, who returned two punts for touchdowns last year, would move up to the No. 1 punt return role, although Terence Newman can do it. Cletis Gordon and Bryan McCann have taken turns too.
Dallas Owner and GM Jerry Jones does not think this injury will knock Bryant out of those roles.
"Look, he may be doing punt returns in December and we won't even remember this by the time we get to December," Jones said. "That's a lifetime away."