Dez Bryant unlikely to play despite Jerry's comments

  • By Gilberto Manzano
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Jerry Jones gave Cowboys fans something to smile about this morning.

Speaking on 105.3 FM in Dallas, the Cowboys owner said star wide receiver Dez Bryant has a chance to play Sunday against the Giants at the Meadowlands.

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"We'll take a real good look at him tomorrow and Thursday," Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. "It totally depends on how he's doing. He had a good end of the week last week. He got in some really good work. He didn't have much negative response from that work. It was strenuous work, the kind that if he can step out here and have a couple of really good days of practice then you could see him go."

The news is surprising considering that Bryant had foot surgery only five weeks ago, but this could just be classic Jerry trying to pump confidence into a Cowboys fan base that has seen its team lose three straight games.

"He's had a good few days. He's making progress," Jason Garrett said on Tuesday.

Yet the Cowboys coach doesn't know if Bryant will be able to practice on Wednesday.

According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, it's highly unlikely the All-Pro wideout sees the field in Week 7. Bryant isn't able to cut on his routes and hasn't even practiced yet, Rapoport reported.

Rapoport also reported on Monday's NFL Total Access that Bryant had a stem cell injection in his ankle last week.

Here's Rapoport's explanation on why Bryant received the injection: "The stem cell injections, which came a week ago, happened by removing stem cells from his hip and putting them into his ankle. It promotes long-term growth and stability, but also indicates that at that point, the bone had not healed."

I'm sure Jones and the many fantasy owners who drafted Bryant in the first round are itching to see the star wide receiver suit up, but it's hard to imagine the Cowboys training staff putting Bryant in harm's way this early in the season.

For now, Jerry has to hope Matt Cassel provides the team some kind of spark coming off a bye.