After being listed as questionable on this week’s final injury report and a game-time decision, Dallas Cowboys’ wideout Dez Bryant has been cleared to play in today’s early match-up with the undefeated Detroit Lions. (according to ESPN’s Ed Werder)
After practicing on a limited basis on Wednesday, Bryant missed the remaining sessions this week. According to Head Coach Jason Garrett, Bryant’s thigh contusion injury was not “bouncing back” as quickly as they wanted it too following Monday night’s game against the Washington Redskins.
Bryant’s status was especially important this week considering the lingering injury to Miles Austin and the recent incompetency shown by the Cowboys’ young receivers corps. Austin will be out until after the bye-week with a hamstring injury. In his place on Monday night, wideout Kevin Ogletree had a horrible game. Ogletree’s status as the Cowboys’ third wide receiver is in serious jeopardy following a performance that included bad route running, a general lack of playbook knowledge, and a key fumble. The lack of knowledge is a particularly embarrassing fact considering he’s been with the team for three years.
Ogletree will be looking to rebound today but he’ll have to do so as the third wideout. It is now being reported that WR Laurent Robinson will be starting opposite of Bryant instead of Ogletree. Message sent. Ouch!
Update: Rob Phillips of dallascowboys.com is now reporting that Kevin Ogletree will be the other starting wideout. But ESPN Dallas’ Tim MacMahon is reporting that the Cowboys did not announce a lineup change at WR, but source told ESPN’s Ed Werder that Kevin Ogletree demoted for Laurent Robinson.
Phillips also released this list of Cowboys inactives: K David Buehler, WR Miles Austin, CB Orlando Scandrick, G David Arkin, G Derrick Dockery, DE Jason Hatcher.