August 13, 2012; Oakland, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) warms up before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

Cowboys Dez Bryant's MRI Reveals No Damage, Diagnosed With Patellar Tendinitis

Just as things began to look up for the Dallas Cowboys first team offense after this past Saturdays match-up against the San Diego Chargers, a major piece of the Boy’s offensive puzzle fell to injury. Early Monday, in what was one of two practices over the next two days against the same team the Cowboys faced in Saturday’s second preseason game, third year wide receiver Dez Bryant sustained a knee injury that had number eighty-eight sidelined with a noticeable limp.

As bad as it could have been for Bryant, the receiver later returned to practice and stood on the sidelines without pads and continued to watch while the two teams finished practice. An MRI was performed on Bryant, as is standard operating procedure for injuries, and the results were negative on significant structural damage. MRI results did show Patellar Tendinitis or “Jumper’s Knee” is what the injury is most commonly referred to as. The injury is defined as minor knee tendon damage that is the condition that occurs when the tendon becomes inflamed and irritated. Rest, stretching, and anti-inflammatory medications along with ice treatments is the only known cures for the injury.

The issue can develop into a chronic issue in worse case scenarios which will lead one to wonder if Bryant will need to begin to shy away from his offseason basketball escapades if the injury begins to plague him throughout his career. In those cases of extreme chronic Patellar Tendinitis only rigorous strength training and therapy can help to subside the symptoms.

The Cowboys injury woes couldn’t get any worse going into week three of the preseason, especially with the September 5th match-up against the New York Giants screaming ever closer. Jason Witten was knocked out of the week one preseason contest against the Oakland Raiders with a lacerated spleen, Miles Austin has not participated in training camp since day three and is in jeopardy of missing his second straight preseason. There have been various injuries across the offensive line leaving the Boys with patch work protection. Now, the injury to Bryant most assuredly puts a limit on the offensive weapons Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will have in his arsenal Saturday night when the St. Louis Rams come to town.

Bryant has been targeted 171 times for 108 catches. That currently has the second year wide out tied for 47th over the past two years. Yielding a 63.2 catch percentage over a span of 1222 snaps has accounted for 14% of the Cowboys offense when number eighty-eight is on the field. That’s just  one of several reasons many are excited about the third year player’s future in Dallas.

Since arriving in Dallas and the NFL, Bryant is tied for 17th with 17, 25+ yard receptions and tied for 15th with 15 receiving touchdowns. Second to only Romo in touchdowns over the past two seasons. That kind of production needs to be on the field this season and assuming Dez isn’t dealing with Spin Doctor Jerry Jones then you can bet Doctor Jones will be prescribing plenty of rest leading up to September 5th.

Shortly after the early practice wrapped up Dez Bryant did tweet that San Diego has some real good pizza. Let’s hope that pizza has some incredible healing powers.

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  • californy

    I think Dez is like 22-23 years old and he has a long history of Nagging injuries. I see the writing on the wall with this player. I would try to trade him when an opportunity came up next off season. A player who can not practise has little to no value to me. Dez was consider the top WR in his draft class but he has not shown the ability to stay healthy. I would consider any pick in the top 2 RD adequate compensation for Dez in next year draft.

    • Da E

      Dez is the only one that scares defenses. Trade him smart then watch him be another Jimmy Smith. Get real.

  • californy

    I dont doubt Dez will be a good player when healthy, but an unhealthy player you can never depend on. What do you do when Dez contract come up pay him a full time salary for part time work. The NFL and most union are against piece work and that the only way we get our money worth is to pay Dez base on incentives and time play. I would assume his agent and the union would not like a contract like this. We are alreday paying Miles full time for part time work at 8.54 million dollar last year. I could only assume Dez would want more this year if he ecclipse Miles numbers this year. My question is what will motivate Dez once he has JJ money. There are some player who are motivated by championship and the though of being the best WR of all time. But those player are willing to do the extra work to keep themselves in shape. I just have not seen this in Dez or Miles Austin. The problem is this team can not afford two full time player being paid number one money for part time work. I rathere take my chance at trading these WR one player at a time per year and move on to get WR who are more commited to staying healthy with better conditioning.