Here's a bit of news that's sure to make Dallas Cowboys fans and Dez Bryant fantasy owners a bit nervous on Sunday morning: The wide receiver may not be active for Sunday night's game against the Atlanta Falcons.
UPDATE: Sunday, November 4 at 7:29 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
According to Dallas Cowboys reporter Nick Eatman, Bryant will be active Sunday night versus the Atlanta Falcons:
Cowboys inactives: C Phil Costa, LB Dan Connor, RB DeMarco Murray, FS Matt Johnson,DE Sean Lissemore, FS Charlie Peprah, WR Andre Holmes— Nick Eatman (@nickeatman) November 5, 2012
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Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas has the update:
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is a game-time decision for the Sunday night game against the Atlanta Falcons because of a sore hip, according to a source.
Bryant, who was limited in practices all week, fell down while catching a ball during a Friday walk-through.
Bryant injured the hip while making a diving catch in the loss to the New York Giants last week.
Bryant has been somewhat of a disappointment this season and hasn't seemed in sync with Tony Romo at times, though he did have solid games against the Baltimore Ravens (13 receptions for 95 yards and two touchdowns) and New York Giants (five receptions for 110 yards) in recent weeks.
On the season, he has 41 receptions for 488 yards and two touchdowns.
It would certainly be a tough task for the Cowboys to face the undefeated Atlanta Falcons without one of the team's top playmakers. While Miles Austin has been Romo's most consistent target, and Jason Witten is coming off of a gargantuan game last week (18 receptions for 167 yards), Bryant is still a top-notch weapon in the red zone.
And with running backs DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones also banged up, the last thing the Cowboys need is another injury at the skill positions.
For now, I would expect Bryant to play assuming he doesn't encounter any setbacks in warm-ups before the game. That said, fantasy owners should probably be prepared to sit him in the event he is unavailable to play on Sunday evening.
Unless you can plug in a different receiver from the Cowboys or Falcons, or you have a wide receiver you can substitute for Bryant who is playing Monday night, or it's announced he will definitely be playing before the early games on Sunday, you should be benching Bryant as a precautionary measure.
As always, keep it here throughout the day as more information becomes available on Bryant's playing status.
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