No Dez Bryant at Wednesday’s practice, Tyron Smith returns

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Another week of Cowboys practice kicked off on Wednesday and that means another week of waiting to see what, if anything, wide receiver Dez Bryant does on the field.

Reports last week pegged the recovery timeline for the hairline fracture in his knee at up to three weeks, but the Cowboys didn’t rule him out until handing in their inactives before the game. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on Tuesday that the team will be giving Bryant as much time as they can give him to see if he can return to the lineup against the Bengals.

“If he can do some work this week, then that might mean he can do more on Friday,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, via the team’s website. “If he can do that kind of thing, then he might be in line.”

If Bryant does some work before Friday, it will have to be on Thursday. The wideout wasn’t at Wednesday’s practice, a start to the week that won’t do much to bolster hopes that he’ll be back for Sunday.

There was better news for left tackle Tyron Smith, who missed the last two games with a back injury. Smith was back at practice, which is good timing since his backup Chaz Green sat out with a sprained foot.