Jason Garrett: Cowboys WR Dez Bryant 'only doing OK'

ByTodd Archer ESPN logo
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant will not practice Wednesday, but there remains confusion about the state of his injured right knee.

Coach Jason Garrett did not answer a direct question as to whether Bryant has had an MRI yet, three days after the receiver was hurt in the Cowboys' win against the Chicago Bears.

Injured players are required to report for treatment the day after a game, but Garrett said the team does not have the results of an MRI. Left guard La'el Collins was hurt in the game and the Cowboys know the extent of his toe injury, and he is seeking other opinions.

"He's only doing OK," Garrett said of Bryant. "He's taking it day by day and I think he feels better than he felt after the game, but again, he doesn't feel good enough to practice today. That's certainly an indication of where he is."

Bryant was injured on the second play of the game when Bears linebacker Christian Jones dragged him down after an 11-yard gain. Bryant's knee and ankle got caught under Jones, and he went to the ground before getting off the field.

He missed six plays before returning and finished the game with three catches for 40 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Bryant played 52 of 68 snaps but was not on the field late in the fourth quarter as the Cowboys attempted to run out the clock.

"Getting the feedback from the player and how he feels and how he is able to function, obviously he was able to function pretty well at the end of the ballgame," Garrett said. "He caught a slant, ran two guys over and ran it in for a touchdown, so he was feeling good enough then. Then again, we'll see how he feels as the week goes on and what the evaluation is medically."

Bryant missed five games last season because of a broken right foot suffered in the season opener, and the Cowboys shut him down for the final two games of the season. In addition to the foot injury, Bryant was slowed by a knee injury.

Garrett was asked whether Bryant could play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers if he does not practice.

"We've just got to see how he does today and as we go forward in the week," Garrett said.