Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he thinks wide receiver Dez Bryant (foot) has a chance to return for Week 7 against the New York Giants , The Dallas Morning News reports.
Week 7 represents an absolute best-case scenario, as the Cowboys have acknowledged all along Bryant University Bulldogs will at least be out through the Week 6 bye. With his recovery going well, Bryant could be back for Week 7 or Week 8, but it's also quite possible he'll need a few weeks beyond that to heal.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said he expects Bryant to be out for four-to-six weeks, and while that may be an overly optimistic estimate, it seems the timeline of 10-12 weeks is too pessimistic.
Bryant may have to play some games with Brandon Weeden instead of Tony Romo (shoulder), who is expected to miss 4-12 weeks with a broken clavicle suffered during Sunday's win over the Eagles, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Following bone graft surgery on his foot this past Monday,
Previously, there had been hope that Bryant could be looking at a four-to-six week recovery, but that may have been on the optimistic side of things.
Per the report, 10 weeks from the injury would be Nov. 22, which is when the Cowboys take on the Dolphins in Week 11. Beyond that, the Cowboys face a short-turnaround, since their next game after that is Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving Day).
With that in mind, Rapoport speculates that if Bryant is "not fully ready for that stretch, the Cowboys might wait the full 12 weeks and have him back for the final five games."
In Bryant's indefinite absence, Terrance Williams is in line to head the team's wideout corps, with the likes of Devin Street and Cole Beasley candidates to see added opportunities in the meantime.
Jason Garrett said the team considered placing Bryant on the short-term injured reserve list in order to open up a roster spot, but doing so would have ruled him out for a minimum of eight weeks. The Cowboys therefore opted to keep him on the 53-man roster.
While it can be seen as a positive that Bryant avoided the short-term IR list, he will need at least six weeks to recover from his broken foot, and could still end up missing eight weeks anyway, so this news does not significantly alter his return timetable.
Roddy White plays the same position as
White, in fact, told Siriux XM radio that Bryant should take his time coming back, even if that means remaining sidelined for the entire regular season. White cited the length of the absence of Atlanta receiver Julio Jones in 2013, when he had similar surgery to that of Bryant and did not play after Week 5.
"Me and Julio were talking about the whole situation and he was like, when he heard that [Bryant] broke his foot he was like, 'He's got the same injury I got,'" White said. "And, you know, we had to shut (Julio) down for the whole entire year. So I just don't see him making it back this year. Or if he does make it back it will probably be late in the playoffs.
"...It's still a risk. Anytime you are coming off a foot injury, you know, he's not going to be running or anything like that. It'll be weeks before he can actually apply any kind of pressure onto it or even start walking around."
The Cowboys have acknowledged that Bryant could be out longer than what they are hoping.
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/25/15||@ NYG||4:25 pm|
|10||11/15/15||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|11||11/22/15||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|13||12/7/15||@ WAS||8:30 pm|
|14||12/13/15||@ GB||4:25 pm|
|16||12/27/15||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
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