FRISCO (105.3 THE FAN) – Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett says there is no set-in-stone policy regarding whether a Cowboys player needs to practice during the week before he plays in a game.
“Day-by-day, case-by-case,’’ he said when I posed the question at Wednesday’s press conference.
This represents good news for a handful of players, led by Dez Bryant, who is not practicing on Wednesday here at The Star in Frisco as the club prepares for Sunday’s game at San Francisco while continuing to evaluate the status of Bryant’s injured right knee.
Bryant hurt his knee on the second play of last week’s 31-17 win over the Bears, but returned to the game to total three catches for 40 yards, including a 17-yard TD.
“You’re getting feedback from the player and how he feels and how he’s able to function,” Garrett said. “Obviously he functioned pretty well at the end of the ballgame. He caught a slant and ran two guys over and ran it in for a touchdown. He was feeling good enough then, and we’ll see how he feels as the week goes on and what the evaluation is medically.”
The Cowboys aren’t being very forthcoming about the results of Bryant’s MRI, or even if/when he’s underdone one. The present belief is that Dez sustained a knee sprain. Bryant himself contributed to the conversation on Wednesday morning by tweeting, “We’ll find out today.’’
But that doesn’t mean Bryant has to necessarily work out today — or any day — in order to be in action for the 2-1 Cowboys this weekend. And that also goes for Tyron Smith (who didn’t practice with a back problem) and for Orlando Scandrick (hamstrings) and Doug Free (quad) who were also limited.
Additionally on Wednesday, the Cowboys moved Charles Tapper (back) to IR, signed tackle Emmett Cleary to the roster, and are monitoring Jeff Heath, who left practice under his own power but accompanied by a trainer.
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