After a quiet Week 1 outing,
Bryant got off to a fast start Sunday, recording back-to-back catches on the third and fourth plays of the game. However, he left the game after his second reception -- an 18-yard catch -- and headed to the locker room for further examination on a shoulder injury. Luckily for Dallas, Bryant only missed one series after getting hurt.
Bryant gave Dallas a 23-10 lead with a 3-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. It was his sixth receiving touchdown in his last seven games dating back to last season. Sunday was just his second 100-yard performance in his last 11 games.
Bryant was targeted 14 times and had a long reception of 22 yards Sunday. The Cowboys are back in action Week 3 at St. Louis.
Bryant is scheduled for free agency after this season, though he's repeatedly said he wants to spend his entire career with Dallas.
"I think it’s pretty clear -- you don’t force the ball to people," head coach Jason Garrett said, per ESPN. "Dez is a great player, but [
As one of the top wide receivers in the NFL, defenses will pay extra attention to Bryant on a weekly basis. Garrett said it will be up to the coaching staff to find ways to get the football to Bryant without having Romo make risky throws.
"It’s what happens every week in the NFL," Garrett said. "Dez Bryant, if you look at his whole body of work throughout his career, he’s gotten doubled throughout most games every game he’s every play. The same thing with Jason Witten. These guys are really good players. Week in and week out they find ways, we’ve tried to find ways to give them opportunities."
Bryant caught four passes for 55 yards during the contest. He was targeted six times. Despite the Cowboys being down early, Bryant didn't play a huge role in the team's comeback attempt. He appeared to have some issues with dehydration. Bryant left the game at one point due to the issue. He was able to return. Late in the game, Bryant took himself off the field with the team charging toward the goal line. It's unclear if he was tired, or still dealing with dehydration issues.
Bryant will take on the Cowboys Week 2.
Bryant started all 16 games last season, but was limited in practice throughout the season because of the issue. He has credited abdominal and core exercises off the field for his optimism heading into the season opener, along with the use of an electrical muscle stimulator on his back, which he has been using since 2012.
Bryant also cited a tough fall he took recently in practice where he made a nice grab but crashed awkwardly on the turf. The set career highs last year with 93 catches and 113 touchdowns while gaining 1,233 yards. He'll start his fifth season Sunday afternoon against San Francisco.
|2||9/14/14||@ TEN||Won 26-10|
|3||9/21/14||@ STL||1:00 pm|
|6||10/12/14||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
|10||11/9/14||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/23/14||@ NYG||8:30 pm|
|14||12/4/14||@ CHI||8:25 pm|
|15||12/14/14||@ PHI||8:30 pm|
|17||12/28/14||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
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