Dallas Cowboys’ Head Coach Jason Garrett sent a clear message to his team during Saturday’s press conference: Injuries are part of the game, and you have to play through them. Apparently, Tony Romo and Dez Bryant got the message as they both participated in this morning’s practice session.
Here’s how Coach Garrett stressed the importance of having key players on his team who play through injuries:
“You want mentally tough guys. You want physically tough guys. It’s a very physical, violent game. And guys have to understand their not always going to be 100% at their best physically. Their going to have to play through some nicks and some injuries going into games, some injuries within games. And you just gotta fight through it. And again, the best teams I’ve been around have guys who do that. And we certainly saw a lot of that on Sunday in San Francisco.”
Coach Garrett also addressed WR Dez Bryant dressing out but not practicing yesterday:
“We just wanted him to warm up. He hasn’t practiced in a couple of weeks. So we wanted to do a little more with him and keep taking positive steps forward. And then again we’re hopeful over the next couple days he’ll do more and more and may be ready for the ball game.”
In his latest CAT scan, Romo’s small lung puncture had healed. Now it’s seems his ability to play is simply a matter of pain management. It’s a good sign that Romo will play Monday night against the Washington Redskins.
Bryant has been seemingly ready to go for the last two days, so his prospects of playing this week are rising as well. According to him, he’s fine. But Bryant hesitated to say if he would actually play or not. Practicing today, even if it was limited, is a positive step forward.