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Patella tendinitis for Dez Bryant, no structural damage

Dez Bryant, Lawrence Vickers

An MRI on Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant’s knee showed no structural damage, but it’s unclear whether he’ll play again in the preseason.

A source told either Todd Archer or Calvin Watkins (or maybe both) of ESPNDallas.com that Bryant was diagnosed with a case of patella tendinitis, and it was unclear whether he’d play again in the preseason.

Bryant limped off the field Monday after stumbling in one-on-one drills, and went straight into the locker room. As he left the locker room, he was asked if he was OK, and replied: “Yeah.”

Bryant has also missed time with a tight hamstring, but played in the first preseason game.

“Dez has been outstanding,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said of Bryant’s work this preseason. “He’s been outstanding all through the offseason.

“Really came back and committed to being in the best shape possible. He’s practiced really well, he’s matured in a lot of ways as a receiver. He’s a more reliable guy for the quarterbacks. He’s always had the ability to make plays, as you know but when you combine that with the ability to be a consistent guy who can win on a consistent basis, and the quarterbacks have a trust level in him, he becomes a complete player at that position. He’s growing and works hard at it.”

Also Monday, backup receivers Donovan Kemp (knee) and Andre Holmes (back stiffness) left practice to get MRIs. They’re already without Miles Austin (hamstring) and backup Saalim Hakim (broken finger).

That’s got them down to seven healthy receivers, and doesn’t even count the absence of tight end Jason Witten (spleen).

At this point, quarterback Tony Romo might want to pull a Tom Brady and just take the preseason off.

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10 Responses to “Patella tendinitis for Dez Bryant, no structural damage”
  1. stonecoldsays says: Aug 20, 2012 7:21 PM

    The best WR named Dez in the NFC East is Dez Briscoe. Oh hell yeah!

  2. floriosfuglykid says: Aug 20, 2012 7:37 PM

    In other news he’s still a dirtbag.

  3. txxxchief says: Aug 20, 2012 7:41 PM

    Maybe the tendon would be in better shape if hadn’t spent so much time straning it by kicking his mom’s arse.

  4. krakyahead says: Aug 20, 2012 7:42 PM

    All that talent in a brittle body what a waste.

  5. emac40 says: Aug 20, 2012 8:22 PM

    I can only imagine who will be catching passes from Romo in a few weeks. No written, Austin, dez. Hammy’s and knees are ongoing issues. Another example of the GM’s inability to build depth through the draft. Another year of mediocrity for the Boys. I don’t understand how the owner/GM still doesnt “get it ” after all these years.

  6. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 20, 2012 8:57 PM

    Save Dez for the Giants game then turn him loose on them.
    Skip the preseason games which are a nothing to gain and everything to lose opportunity.

  7. DiscountMescan says: Aug 20, 2012 9:11 PM

    I’ve got achilles tendinitis, it’s no joke. I also am not a pro athlete with endless therapy/medical care at my disposal. Plus I’m poor so there’s that.

  8. itsmammoth says: Aug 20, 2012 9:38 PM

    *hateful comment*

  9. southmofan says: Aug 20, 2012 10:17 PM

    As bad as the reports make it sound, the Cowboys can at least be grateful that these guys are still scheduled to be back as the season gets under way. There have been Cowboys training camps in the past when more than one wide-receiver went down with torn ACL’s.

  10. romoscollarbone says: Aug 20, 2012 11:45 PM

    WR corp, is softer than Joey Galloway lately. These characters need to get healthy, for the theater that is supposed to be Sept. 5th.

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