Dallas Cowboys’ GM and Owner Jerry Jones is backing off statements he made yesterday that indicated wide receiver Dez Bryant would play this Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. Bryant is suffering from a deep thigh bruise supposedly received during a first quarter punt return in Sunday’s night loss to the New York Jets. Bryant’s status has been downgraded to questionable on Friday’s Injury Report and he will now most likely be a game-time decision.
Bryant was sensational in the first quarter of last weekend’s game. Going up against arguably the best cornerback combo in the league, Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, Bryant easily made three receptions and one leaping touchdown. However in the final three quarters, Dez looked tired and less than 100%. After he suffered the injury, he also had to deal with muscle cramps. In the end, the only opposition Dez could not beat was his own body.
What doesn’t bode well for Bryant’s future game status is that he did not practice all week. If Dez is unable to go on Sunday, wideout Kevin Olgetree will take his place. Rookie Dwayne Harris will take Bryant’s place on special team returns. This is a move that might have happened anyway in order to limit any future injury possibilities to Bryant, who is much to valuable as a wide receiver.
For the Cowboys, the injury news only gets worse. Cornerbacks Terence Newman (groin) and Orlando Scandrick (ankle) will not play this Sunday. And starting cornerback Mike Jenkins has been plagued with neck and shoulder injures, but he was able to fully participate today after being limited in practice the past two days. Jenkins is listed as probable for Sunday’s game. Starting along side of him will be five year veteran Alan Ball. The Cowboys signed veteran corner Frank Walker earlier this week to help the depleted defensive backfield. It is unknown what Walker’s role will be on Sunday, if any.
Also listed on Friday’s Injury Report was starting guard Bill Nagy. The rookie is dealing with a neck injury and is listed as doubtful for Sunday. If Nagy is unable to play, it appears that newly acquired veteran lineman Derrick Dockery will take his place at right guard. Dockery joined the team earlier this month to replace Montrae Holland, who was released.
Other names of note on the injury report included: Miles Austin (knee), Martellus Bennett (ankle), Phil Costa (knee), Sean Lee (back), Anthony Spencer (shoulder), and Tyron Smith (knee). All of these players are listed as probable on the report and either fully practiced or had limited practice throughout the week.
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