A day that began with many questions surrounding Dez Bryant's injured right knee ended with some answers, but plenty of uncertainty.
Bryant has a hairline fracture, coach Jason Garrett revealed Wednesday. The fracture is in the tibial plateau on the lateral side where the bone meets the knee, a source said.
Although Bryant hasn't been ruled out for Sunday, it appears unlikely that he will be able to play. There's no exact timetable for his return. He could miss one week or the next three.
Our own injury expert, Russell Manalastas (@russmanalastas) said, "Pretty doubtful (he plays), even if fracture isn't in weight bearing area it's unlikely they'll risk making it worse. Location of fracture is important." Ed Werder said that "typical players recover in 1-3 weeks," though we're also seeing recovery timelines of 5-6 weeks in some cases. If he sits, which is likely, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Jason Witten and Brice Butler would get a bump. Beasley and Witten's role will be largely unchanged, though they may see more targets, while most of Bryant's downfield targets would go to Williams and Butler. In the seven games since 2013 that Dez has missed, Williams has averaged 3.6 catches for 67 yards and 0.29 touchdowns, but he has burned many a fantasy bridge over the years. Butler showed a nice rapport with Dak Prescott in the preseason and is worth a pickup in deep leagues.