Sidelined Cowboys rookie Bryant plays catch, watches practice

SAN ANTONIO -- Dez Bryant is still catching a few balls despite that bulky protective boot on his right foot.

Bryant caught a few light tosses from receivers coach Ray Sherman while standing on the sideline as practice got started Monday. Once drills got under way, the Dallas Cowboys' first-round pick was an observer watching with Sherman or another coach while the offense went through its plays.

Coach Wade Phillips says it's still too early to determine how quickly Bryant could be back after sustaining a high right ankle sprain Friday. The initial prognosis was four to six weeks, which means the rookie receiver could miss the entire five-game preseason schedule.

The coach says he's glad that Bryant is getting his "mental reps."

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press

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