Bryant, who wants a long-term deal, has made a number of appearances at the Cowboys' offseason conditioning program but Thursday was the first day he participated in meaningful on-field work.
Bryant and the Cowboys need to work out a long-term deal before July 15 or he would be forced to play the season under the franchise tag, which would pay him $12.8 million.
In 16 games last year, Bryant caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns.
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The sessions are voluntary, but his absence could be a statement regarding his unhappiness over the lack of a long-term contract.
The two sides appeared to be closing in on a new deal before the start of the 2014 season, but negotiations fell through and the Cowboys then hit Bryant with the franchise tag. He has yet to sign the one-year, $12.82 million tender.
Bryant and the Cowboys have until July 15 to reach an agreement on a long-term contract, but nothing appears imminent.
Bryant, who was given the franchise tag in March, has reportedly been at Valley Ranch many times over the last month to visit with owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett, as well as to participate in the team's strength and conditioning program.
"I wanted to be here for my teammates," Bryant told the team website.
Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, however, is not fretting.
"He'll be ready to rock and roll when it's all said and done, I'm sure of that," he told ESPN.
Bryant is set to make $12.823 million this season under the franchise tag unless he can work out a long-term deal by July 15. He would play the season under the tender if a contract is not completed.
The Cowboys have yet to undergo extensive negotiations with Bryant's new agents after considering themselves close to a deal last season.
Bryant continued to thrive in 2014 with 88 catches for 1,320 yards and a career-high 16 touchdowns.
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said in a call with season-ticket holders that Bryant may get a crack at returning punts this year in the absence of returner
In referencing the punt return situation, Jones said the team is willing to approach it via committee but that, "Then we have a guy in Dez Bryant who had quite a career returning punts at Oklahoma State. When we need a big play, with him maturing as a player, it wouldn’t be out of the question to see him in some key situations when we need him back there," he said.
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