Cowboys WR Dez Bryant Injured: What Does This Mean For Dallas?

Matt WagnerCorrespondent IIMay 2, 2010

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 30:   Wide Receiver Dez Bryant  #1 of the Oklahoma State University Cowboys catches the ball and runs in for a touchdown against the University of Oregon Ducks during the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium on December 30, 2008 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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With the Dallas Cowboys receiving corps already in panic-mode with both Patrick Crayton and Sam Hurd publicly demanding trades, more devastating news came out today as newly-drafted wide receiver Dez Bryant twisted his ankle at a rookie mini-camp on Sunday.

Bryant had his left shoe off as he slowly walked toward a team bus. So what does this mean for Dallas?

Dallas already has an underachieving receiving corps but now this is devastating because Bryant was expected to be the second string wide receiver and the key to Tony Romo's first MVP season. Without Dez, the Dallas team that won its first playoff game since 1996 last season, could be reduced to a 7-9 team.

But there is some encouraging news coming out of the Cowboys camp. Head coach Wade Phillips said Bryant's ankle is fine.

But the Cowboys' future is shady at best and if this injury turns out to be more serious than it looks, the Cowboys could be in for a long season.