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Dez Bryant expected to play for Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is expected to play against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, a team source told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.

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Bryant was a surprise addition to the the Friday injury report with a groin issue. He was listed as questionable.

Bryant had a slow start to 2012 and has 34 receptions, 364 yards and two touchdowns. He broke out in Week 6 with 13 catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

The Cowboys have moved the ball well in the air (No. 6 in the NFL), but haven't put the points on the board (No. 24 in scoring offense). Bryant is a much-needed red-zone target for a ballclub trying to stay in the NFC East race.

Expect wide receiver Kevin Ogletree to be more involved if Bryant's status changes in the next 24 hours.

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