There were many things that went wrong for the Cowboys during the regular season and the injuries suffered by wide receiver Dez Bryant were right at the top of the list.
Bryant broke a bone in his foot in the season opener and missed five games before he was cleared to return to the lineup. He played in eight more games, although it was clear as the season progressed that he was at less than 100 percent and suffered further injuries to his knee and ankle.
The Cowboys insisted that they wouldn’t shut Bryant down, but they ultimately had no choice. Bryant missed the final two games and was placed on injured reserve before the final game of the year with plans for offseason surgery on his foot and ankle.
Bryant didn’t wait long to have that surgery. According to multiple reports, Bryant had surgery on New York Wednesday. He had a second bone graft done on his foot and a cleanup procedure on his ankle. After Week 17, owner Jerry Jones said the expectation is that Bryant will be ready for the offseason training program.
“No one has given me any indication at any level of our medical staff or just in general from outside our medical staff, that he’s got an issue that would limit him going into our normal training regime, going into training camp, going into the season next year,” Jones said, via the team.
The Cowboys also expect to have quarterback Tony Romo back at 100 percent and hope that the return to form for the duo can lift the team off the mat in 2016.