Dez (Knee) Officially Active vs. Eagles

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

Aug 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) checks his position during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant hasn't played since he suffered a hairline fracture in the tibial plateau of his knee against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 25, per David Moore of the Dallas Morning News. On Oct. 19, he revealed he is recovering from cuts suffered to his fingers while he was making soup.

However, he is ready to return.

Continue for updates.

Bryant Active vs. Eagles

Sunday, Oct. 30

David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reported Bryant is available to play in Week 8 against Philadelphia.

Latest on Bryant's Practice Status

Friday, Oct. 28

Bryant was limited in practice for the third straight day, per Charean Williams of the Star-Telegram.

Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News shared a photo of Bryant going through individual drills during the Oct. 27 session:

Jon Machota @jonmachota

Dez Bryant during individual drills https://t.co/z8bq60ec3M

Bryant Suffers Lacerations to Fingers

Wednesday, Oct. 19

Bryant said he cut the middle and ring fingers of his right hand slicing carrots while making soup but referred to the injury as "extremely, extremely minor," per ESPN.com's Todd Archer.

"He's got a cut on the inside of his hand, so he wasn't able to catch balls today," head coach Jason Garrett said, per Archer. "He did a good job moving around, though. I think he's feeling better and better and better."

Latest on Bryant's Recovery

Monday, Oct. 17

Archer reported a recent CT scan of Bryant on Oct. 14 "showed the tibial plateau fracture in his right leg [was] healing well." However, Archer noted the "risk of re-injury was too great," so the Cowboys kept Bryant out against the Green Bay Packers.

Bryant Comments on Injury

Sunday, Oct. 16

After the Cowboys beat the Green Bay Packers in Week 6, an inactive Bryant provided an update on his status as he walked off the field, per NFL Network's Jane Slater, "Don't have to ask me anymore, I'm good...playing against Philly."

"I already knew there was a chance I wasn't going to play," said Bryant in the locker room postgame, per Moore. "For the record, it wasn't my decision. I was ready to roll. I was."

After the Week 7 bye, Dallas will play the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 8.

"This is something minor, but at the same time, even if I didn't go Sunday, this is much-needed," Bryant said Oct. 12, per Machota. "I need to get that work in. ... There's no need to rush things. ... What we got going on here is extremely amazing. You don't want to force anything."

On Oct. 5, Bryant said he was not running and did not feel pressured to rush back from the injury because of his confidence in the other Cowboys wide receivers, per Clarence Hill of the Star-Telegram.

Latest on Extent of Bryant's Injury

Sunday, Oct. 2

"Source who has seen his results said a knee like his is commonly referred to as a bone bruise. No long-term risk," Rapoport reported Oct. 2. Rapoport added that although "it's possible he's out three weeks, the expectation is it's shorter than that."

On Sept. 28, Rapoport said Bryant could miss three weeks, as tests showed a hairline fracture in his knee but no MCL issue.

Jones Comments on Bryant's Injury

Friday, Sept. 30

During an appearance on 105.3 The Fan (via Hill), Jones said the team knew of the hairline fracture in Bryant's knee on Sept. 25 despite not acknowledging that for three days.

Garrett Comments on Bryant's Injury

Thursday, Sept. 29

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett told reporters on Sept. 28 that Bryant has a hairline fracture in his knee but added that the team was hopeful he could play against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 4, describing his status as day-to-day.

Garrett confirmed on Sept. 29 that Bryant missed meetings and an MRI scheduled earlier in the week.

"He suspected that it was a serious injury. He really thought he was going to get bad news, so he avoided it," Garrett told reporters.

"He's a very, very passionate person. He's an emotional person. He didn't handle it the right way," he added.

Garrett said Bryant looked good and moved well in his Sept. 28 workout, per Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, who noted the wide receiver was not on crutches.

Bryant Struggling to Shake Injury Bug

Bryant has been banged up over the past year.

Not only did he miss seven games during the 2015 season after breaking his right foot in the Cowboys' season opener against the New York Giants, but he also suffered a concussion in August that prevented him from suiting up in the team's third preseason game.

"Last year was ugly," Bryant said, per USA Today's Bob Buttitta. "I don't think any of us want to deal with that again or feel that again."

Despite those setbacks, Bryant has remained one of the most feared deep threats in the league. In three games so far this season, the 2014 first-team All-Pro has hauled in 11 passes for 150 yards and one touchdown.

Bryant's field-stretching capabilities, pure athleticism and strong hands give him one of the most unique skill sets in the NFL. The Cowboys need Bryant healthy for their playoff push.


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