The Dallas Cowboys franchise breathed a huge sigh of relief Wednesday as Dez Bryant returned to practice for the first time since breaking his foot September 13 during the regular season opener.
The Cowboys, languishing at the bottom of the NFC East table, are in the middle of a four-game losing streak and are desperate for their superstar wide receiver to return to action. Remember, the Cowboys are also missing starting quarterback Tony Romo, who broke his collarbone and is expected to miss at least three more games.
Due to Romeo’s absence, substitute Matt Cassel got the opportunity to work out with Bryant. “Just being out there and getting a feel for him, he’s a special player obviously,” Cassel said after Wednesday’s practice. “Hopefully we can get some timing down these next few days. He’s getting to know me and I’m getting to know him. Dez is Dez. You can see it immediately, his physical abilities,” added Cassel.
Bryant, 26, was officially listed as “limited” in Wednesday’s practice report. Coach Jason Garrett cautioned there is no guarantee that Bryant will play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. “He’s a high energy guy,” center Travis Frederick said about Bryant. “He loves being around the guys, he loves practicing, he loves football more so than probably anyone I’ve ever seen before.”
Bryant’s mere presence will give the Cowboys the needed impetus. “Every time Dez Bryant has broken the huddle in his career, I think the defensive guys are looking for where No. 88 goes. So not only does he make a lot of plays, he draws a lot of attention from the opposing defense,” said Garrett.
The Cowboys are desperate to change their fortunes with a victory against Seahawks on Sunday.