Bryant is expected to remain a Cowboy during the 2018 season, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports. Among wide receivers under contract for the upcoming campaign, Bryant's cap hit of $16.5 million ranks third behind Antonio Brown ($17.7 million) and Larry Fitzgerald ($16.9 million). At this point in Bryant's career, the Cowboys are paying for past performance, but his effectiveness has diminished enough that the team wouldn't be blamed for exploring all options. Despite earning a career-high 894 offensive snaps across 16 games in 2017, he managed 69 receptions for 838 yards and six touchdowns. The stat line isn't unsightly upon first glance, but 12.1 YPC, 6.3 YPT and eight catches of 20-plus yards are too few to warrant such a significant salary. No matter, owner Jerry Jones told George on Tuesday that Bryant is in Dallas' plan for next season, a sentiment backed up by team executive Stephen Jones.
Bryant caught three of eight targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 6-0 win over the Eagles. It's now been three seasons since Bryant reached the 1000-yard plateau, but unlike 2015 and 2016, he doesn't have an injury to excuse his decline. He just turned 29 in November, so it might be too soon to write him off, but with the Cowboys offense now firmly focused on Ezekiel Elliott and the ground game, it may be tough for Bryant to ever again produce numbers comparable to his peak when he was catching goal-line fades from Tony Romo on a regular basis.
Bryant (knee) was a full practice participant Friday and doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Philadelphia, Rob Phillips of the Cowboys' official site reports. Bryant was a mid-week addition to the injury report after missing Thursday's practice with knee tendinitis, an issue he said has been bothering him since Week 9. He should be fine for his usual role in the regular-season finale, facing an Eagles defense that may eventually rest some starters.
Bryant was unable to practice Thursday due to a knee injury, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports. On Wednesday, Bryant revealed he's been tending to tendinitis since a Week 9 victory against the Chiefs, according to Marc Sessler of NFL.com. While Bryant didn't make an appearance on Wednesday's injury report, he emerged on Thursday's version, which confirmed the area of the tendinitis. He's actually fared OK over the ensuing seven games, posting a catch rate of 57.1 percent (28 catches on 49 targets), averaging 7.7 YPT and scoring two touchdowns. However, for a player with the second-highest cap hit among wideouts this season, Bryant isn't upholding his end of the bargain. With an injury revealed, some of the stink has been explained, and there's now a chance he isn't available for the season finale. Expect the Cowboys to touch on his status by week's end.
Bryant wasn't in attendance for the portion of Thursday's practice that was available to the media, Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News reports. Bryant wasn't listed on the Cowboys' first Week 17 injury report Wednesday, so his absence Thursday is unexpected. It's unclear if a health concern resulted in Bryant missing the start of the session or if he was held out for a non-injury reason, but the Cowboys should offer clarity on that front shortly after the closed portion of practice concludes Thursday. After recording touchdowns in back-to-back games in Weeks 13 and 14, Bryant came up short for fantasy owners the past two weeks, combining for five catches for 102 yards and no scores during those outings.
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