Dez Bryant Injury: Who Will Replace Injured Dallas Cowboys' Return Man?

John RozumCorrespondent ISeptember 12, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11:  Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys runs for yards after the catch against the New York Jets during the first quarter of their NFL Season Opening Game at MetLife Stadium on September 11, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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According to Tim MacMahon of, Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones doesn't like the idea of WR Dez Bryant returning punts or kicks:

"Dez Bryant bruised quad on punt return early in game. Jerry Jones hinted strongly that he doesn't want 88 to be return man anymore."

So with that being said, even if team owner Jerry Jones didn't make any gesture towards that, it still should occur, and new head coach Jason Garrett was most likely ahead on the situation.

Therefore, who is the man that should replace Dez Bryant back deep?

Well at first thought, DB Bryan McCann comes to mind, as he is also a kickoff returner.

However, with starting DB Orlando Scandrick out the next few weeks with an ankle injury, McCann will most likely start on defense.

According to Todd Archer of, Scandrick is out 3-4 weeks:

"Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick will miss 3-4 weeks with an ankle injury suffered in Sunday's season-opening loss to the New York Jets, according to owner and general manager Jerry Jones."

"We didn't get a good enough shot on the X-ray," Jones said. "It's a high ankle. It's a fracture. It's something like that. Three or four weeks is what the doctors told me."

Now that that is cleared up, it's safe to assume that McCann is not going to continue his duties as a returner.

So moving on, we now have rookie RB DeMarco Murray, and WRs Dwayne Harris and Kevin Ogletree.

Ogletree is a backup WR along with Harris, but he does contribute to the three and four-wide set formations in the Dallas offense.

Thus, leaving us with Harris and Murray.

With Murray already being on the kickoff return team, Harris was the backup at punt returner behind Bryant and McCann.

The question is whether coach Garrett wants his third RB to get more contributions, as he is the more dangerous threat, but Harris has more experience on punts.

In the end, Dwayne Harris gets the nod to take over the punt returning duties, but don't be surprised if CB Bryan McCann still gets a few returns as well.

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