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Posted on: September 18, 2011 3:08 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2011 5:44 pm
 

Dez Bryant inactive for Cowboys Sunday

Posted by Will Brinson


Earlier in the week, Dallas owner Jerry Jones made some comments about wideout Dez Bryant's status that made it seem as if Bryant was a full-on go for Sunday's game against the 49ers. Not so much: the second-year wide receiver is inactive Sunday for the Cowboys game in San Francisco.

Bryant is out with a thigh bruise, which he suffered on a punt return Sunday against the Jets, and which caused serious cramping for the wideout during the second half of last week's loss. Per the Cowboys website, Bryant tested the leg at Candlestick, but the team didn't feel as if he was ready to go.

But he's out, along with most of the Cowboys secondary -- Terrence Newman and Orlando Scandrick, most notably -- which makes a pretty good matchup against a weak 49ers team suddenly kind of dangerous.

Of course, this will only inspire Drew Pearson to say more nice things about Bryant's production thus far in his young career.

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Posted on: September 15, 2011 3:52 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2011 3:07 pm
 

Dez Bryant misses practice, will play; Newman out

Posted by Will Brinson

The two most interesting things to come out of the Cowboys loss to the Jets this past Sunday were 1) Dez Bryant is an absolute monster and 2) the Dallas secondary isn't as bad as we thought.

We think -- Dallas' defensive backs will need to step it up again this weekend, as Terrence Newman will miss Week 2 as well, Jerry Jones said, according to our Cowboys Rapid Reporter Nick Eatman.

"He would go if we asked him to go," Jones said. "We're using experience we've had with him. In this particular case, if we hadn't had this similar injury before, we'd probably have him out there for the San Francisco game."

That "similar injury" is the hamstring injury that Newman suffered through during 2008, when he played in just 10 games. Jones also noted that "if this were the Super Bowl," Newman would be on the field. (He declined, however, to point out that "there's zero chance Alex Smith will ever play in a Super Bowl" which is kind of why Newman will sit.)

"Terence has to have it just right. It isn’t just right," Jones said. "Hopefully it will be there next week."

Additionally, Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick didn't practice on Wednesday, so there's a chance Dallas' secondary is severely limited on Sunday. But, hey, there's some good news: Dez Bryant is supposed to play, despite missing Thursday's practice with a thigh bruise.

"Dez is a guy that, certainly, we want him to get everything he can get," Jones said. "But certainly he's capable of making game-winning plays for us without that rep. And so, while we want him to evolve and do the things you want him to do with experience, if he's healthy, he's valuable to us."

Extremely valuable -- Bryant showed precisely what he's capable of against the Jets on Sunday night and if he can stay healthy, he appears poised to make a leap into the elite level of wide receivers in the near future.

Given that his "injury" is really more about getting him rest and making sure he's ready to roll for the game against the 49ers, it seems safe to say he'll play, especially since Jones told Eatman that he "expects" Dez to be ready to go come game time.

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