Dez Bryant | WR | Dallas Cowboys
Posted: 12/27/2013 11:48pm et
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (back) was limited in practice Friday, Dec. 27, but is probable for Week 17 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Bryant expects to play and isn't likely to receive an epidural injection to relieve any pain like he did earlier this year. 'I'm all natural, baby,' Bryant said. 'Feels 100 percent.'
Huddle Up: Bryant on Sunday night will be looking to duplicate his productive Week 7 outing (8-110) against the Eagles, only with a TD or 2 thrown in.
Posted: 12/27/2013 12:04am et
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (back) said he expects to play Week 17 even though he did not practice Thursday, Dec. 26. Bryant said he will allow a specialist look at his back this offseason.
Huddle Up: Full week of practice or not -- Tony Romo or not -- feel safe starting Dez in Sunday night's NFC East Championship Game.
Posted: 12/10/2013 1:52pm et
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (chest) returned to the Week 14 game against the Chicago Bears before the end of the first half. He fell on top of the ball and knocked the wind out of himself. The Cowboys took a timeout, and he ended up not even missing one play as a result.
Huddle Up: Bryant came out of the game relatively fine from a health perspective, but the WR's usage -- or lack of it -- is concerning his fantasy owners once again as he only was targeted 4 times in the loss, finishing with 2 catches and a season-low 12 yards. That issue had seemed to have corrected itself with Bryant receiving a combined 25 targets over the 2 previous games, but it reared its ugly head again Monday night -- just in time for the fantasy playoffs. Hopefully for his owners, another correction is forthcoming.
Posted: 11/26/2013 11:38pm et
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (back) practiced in full Tuesday, Nov. 26.
Huddle Up: Bryant is as healthy as he's been in awhile, and his fantasy owners will be looking for the wideout to deliver a Turkey Day TD or 2 as he has not come up with a scoring reception since Week 8. Bryant has 16 receptions for 194 yards in the 3 games in-between.
Posted: 11/25/2013 1:09am et
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (arm) suffered an apparent right arm injury in the first quarter of the Week 12 game against the New York Giants. He was down for a few moments before jogging off under his own power while not moving his right arm.
Huddle Up: He came back to play a fine game, but the injuries are piling up for Bryant.
Posted: 11/21/2013 11:51pm et
The New York Giants plan to be physical with Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant at the line of scrimmage Week 12 because he does not like to be physical before catching the ball. 'Get your hands on him,' SS Will Hill said. 'He doesn't like to be touched, like most receivers in this league. But really him. He doesn't like to be touched.'
Huddle Up: The Giants will try to duplicate their Week 1 effort against Bryant, who had only 4 catches for 22 yards on 8 targets in the Cowboys' 36-31 win. Bryant's fantasy owners, meanwhile, are looking for a return to form by wideout, who had only 1 catch for 44 yards in the Cowboys' final game before their Week 11 bye.
Posted: 11/18/2013 5:08pm et
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant, who has been double-teamed often this year and used as a decoy, is confident the team has worked on ways to get him the ball more often. He has four games this year where he's caught four passes or less. 'You will see what happens,' Bryant said. 'I've been seeing (double coverage) for a minute now, we've been working on it.'
Huddle Up: Fantasy owners hope the Cowboys have a solid plan to get Bryant loose. Recent weeks have been brutal.
Posted: 11/12/2013 1:28pm et
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants to see the team utilize WR Dez Bryant more in the offense after the star receiver was targeted just twice against the New Orleans Saints in Week 10. Bryant has 52 catches for 749 yards and eight touchdowns this season. 'We need to get him the ball more,' Jones said. 'I think that's the kind of thing that's a reasonable thing that you can adjust over a two-week period that we're going into with our bye week. How do we work to get him the ball more?'
Huddle Up: Jones, for once, is making total sense and has taken the words right out of the mouths of Bryant's fantasy owners after the WR has been targeted only 19 times over the past 3 games, resulting in 10 receptions, 180 yards and a pair of TDs. The Cowboys certainly have more pressing issues to worry about, and frequently targeting your best offensive playmaker should be a weekly no-brainer.
Posted: 11/8/2013 2:02pm et
Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said WR Dez Bryant (back) is dealing with a muscular problem in his back and not a disc-related problem. Bryant underwent an MRI exam earlier this week and the results were the same as his test after the season finale last season when he was forced to use a wheelchair to leave the locker room. He is practicing for the second straight day Friday, Nov. 8, and ran some red-zone routes without issue in the session open to the media. Bryant said he will play in Week 10 against the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: Bryant is a regular on the Cowboys' injury report, but a disc issue isn't anything trivial and could require season-ending surgery. Bryant's owners will have to trust that Jones is right, but it's definitely something to continue monitoring.
Posted: 11/8/2013 11:48am et
There are concerns that Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (back) may be dealing with a bulging or herniated disc in his back. Bryant is receiving treatment for his injury but believes he will be able to play Week 10.
Huddle Up: The tricky thing with back injuries is that when they flare up it's not as if you can tape it up and play. Here's hoping Bryant can make it through the rest of this season, then get whatever work needs to be done accomplished in the offseason so he's ready to go for the start of 2014.
Posted: 11/7/2013 1:08pm et
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (back) returned to practice Thursday, Nov. 7, and head coach Jason Garrett continues to believe that Bryant's sore back is not a long-term issue. Bryant ran routes in the portion of practice open to the media. Bryant needed a wheelchair to get to the team bus in last year's season finale against the Washington Redskins because of a stiff back. 'It's bothering him a little bit off and on,' Garrett said. 'I don't know if it's the exact same thing, but we don't think it's a significant deal.' Bryant said he will play in Week 10 against the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: There's been plenty of buzz about Bryant and his sore back, but his return to practice suggests that for now all is well and he'll be in the lineup this weekend
Posted: 10/27/2013 9:01pm et
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant was animated multiple times in the Week 8 game. He was seen shouting at TE Jason Witten near the end of the game.
Huddle Up: Bryant did catch a 50-yard touchdown—his second of the day—after throwing his first tantrum. The second seemed to be frustration with a defense that gave the game away in the final 50 seconds.
Posted: 9/25/2013 12:16pm et
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant was fined $7,875 for a 'throat-slash' celebration in Week 3.
Huddle Up: At least Bryant kept his socks the proper length. More money for the NFL to give to charity, so that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Posted: 9/20/2013 5:09pm et
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (back) was looking much better during practice Friday, Sept. 20. He was limited Thursday with what was deemed a stiff back.
Huddle Up: One of fantasy's top wideouts gets a green light after seemingly answering the questions raised with his limited participation Thursday.
Posted: 9/19/2013 4:33pm et
Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (back) was 'slow and deliberate' while being limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 19, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill said Bryant's back looked 'stiff.'
Huddle Up: Bryant has 3 days to work out the kinks, so see if he's able to do more in Friday's practice.
Posted: 9/19/2013 1:16pm et
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (back) is expected to return to practice Thursday, Sept. 19, and play in Week 3.
Huddle Up: Bryant experienced some tightness in his back following the Week 2 game in K.C. but that's likely from the strain of carrying the rest of the team with his 9-catch, 141-yard, one-TD effort. Unless something crops up later in the week, plan on starting him as usual this Sunday against the Rams.
Posted: 9/18/2013 1:45pm et
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (back) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 18, because of back stiffness.
Huddle Up: This shouldn't be too concerning—Bryant did just fine after nursing a foot injury last week—but monitor his situation as the week rolls on.
Posted: 9/16/2013 1:01am et
Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (back) saw his back tighten up during the Week 2 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He received medical attention after the game, and there doesn't appear to be any major concern.
Huddle Up: Hopefully Dez is good to go later this week. He seemed to do fine with that foot issue.
Posted: 9/15/2013 5:27pm et
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (back) missed several plays in Week 2 due to a stiff back.
Huddle Up: This is unfortunate for Cowboys fans and Bryant fantasy owners, but he played rather well when he was in the game. Hopefully the Cowboys can get him healthy.
Posted: 9/12/2013 12:57pm et
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said WR Dez Bryant (ankle) did not have a complete practice Wednesday, Sept. 11, but did not suffer a setback.
Huddle Up: Good news on the Dez front as Bryant owners are looking for a bit more this week from the wideout with the third-highest ADP following a 4-catch, 22-yard dud in Week 1.
Posted: 9/11/2013 8:09pm et
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot) practiced in full Wednesday, Sept. 11.
Huddle Up: There was concern about Bryant's foot injury earlier in the week but he's all systems go for Sunday's game in Kansas City. After posting just 22 yards in the opener, Bryant will look to rebound in Week 2 versus a tough Chiefs' secondary.
Posted: 9/11/2013 2:06pm et
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot) is participating in practice Wednesday, Sept. 11.
Huddle Up: This is great news for his fantasy owners, who got a real scare in Week 1. Hopefully he doesn't aggravate that foot injury.
Posted: 9/10/2013 10:29am et
Updating previous reports, Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant had an MRI confirm a mild foot sprain. He's expected to play in Week 2, but he may not practice a lot this week.
Huddle Up: Ruh-roh, sprained foot. All indications are that it's not serious and that Bryant will play this week, but you hear "sprained foot" and you can't help but think bad Lisfranc thoughts.
Posted: 9/9/2013 4:19pm et
Updating a previous report, X-rays on Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot) came back negative, and he has been diagnosed with a sprained left foot.
Huddle Up: Thankfully it isn't a broken foot, but sprained feet can be insidious. Keep an eye on his situation.
Posted: 9/6/2013 2:08pm et
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is working on keeping his emotions in check through the week. He admits he gets amped up in the days leading up to a game. 'I remember last year, sometimes I used to go so hard before the game that I'm in a full sweat,' Bryant said. 'I know some of the coaches didn't like that. I had to tone it down a little bit.'
Huddle Up: Could it be Bryant is maturing a bit? The wideout's stats certainly seem to indicate as much as he had all of one 100-yard receiving game and two multiple-TD contests in his first 30 games as a pro. In his 13 contests since then, Bryant has five 100-yard outings and four multiple-TD games.
Posted: 8/14/2013 12:16am et
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is being bothered by his right shoulder after he extended to make a catch over his head Tuesday, Aug. 13. He slammed the ball to the ground afterward and was rotating his arm.
Huddle Up: It may just be a whole lot of nothing, but then again temper that Dez momentum a tad until you know for sure given the wideout's propensity for injury.
Posted: 7/29/2013 12:01am et
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (hip) returned to practice Sunday, July 28 after sitting out Saturday afternoon's workout.
Huddle Up: Bryant, who by many accounts has been off to an impressive start in camp, had stiffness in his hip area and also was dealing with a minor ankle tweak from Friday, but neither of the issues sound too serious at this point.
Posted: 6/23/2013 2:07pm et
The Dallas Cowboys likely will not use WR Dez Bryant as a punt returner this season because of how has played at wide receiver.
Huddle Up: Smart move. After smashing his previous career single-season highs with 92 receptions for 1,382 yards and 12 TDs in 2012, Bryant is far and away the 'Boys' top offensive weapon and looks like he's ready to establish himself as one of the game's top-5 wideouts.
Posted: 5/29/2013 5:36pm et
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has been working on improving his route running this season and wants to use the same footwork on every snap. He wants to use the same intensity pace and footwork on every snap so he can have an advantage over the defender. "He's improved so much. You can tell," CB Brandon Carr said. "He's working on all the little things in practice. He's focused on the details and he's getting better and better. I'm glad I don't have to cover him in games this season." Bryant has also altered his route running on deep passes in hopes of running past a defender and worked on improving his conditioning this offseason to make sure he runs routes with the same intensity in the fourth quarter as he does in the first quarter.
Huddle Up: Bryant came into the league as an amazing athletic talent with raw route-running skills and other assorted concerns. That he's putting in the work to improve in the areas previously lacking suggests maturity, and if the already-productive Bryant steps up his game even further he could become one of the truly elite wideouts in the league.
Posted: 5/26/2013 11:38pm et
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (back, finger) continues to get treatment for a back injury he suffered at the end of last season, but he said that injury and his finger surgery won't be issues this season. Bryant has been participating in organized team activities (OTAs). He continues to try to build his endurance. 'I hear coach talk about it all the time, and that's one of my main goals,' Bryant said. 'Staying on the Stairmaster, trying to increase my endurance as much as I can, just not thinking about tapping out, just being able to go every play 100 miles per hour.'
Huddle Up: Injuries -- or opposing defenses -- couldn't slow Bryant last season as he played a full 16 games for the first time in 3 NFL seasons and finished third among all fantasy wideouts with 210 points (Huddle Performance scoring).
Posted: 5/22/2013 12:39am et
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant said he found himself, and that has led to a quiet offseason with no off-field issues. 'I found myself,' Bryant said Tuesday after the Cowboys' first organized team activity. 'I'm comfortable with my life. I'm enjoying being in the NFL. I wish it could've been a couple years back, but I had to go through a couple of things to figure it out. I think I got it and I'm just more focused on my job and doing what I love to do and that's playing football.'
Huddle Up: No Bryant news has definitely been good news for Cowboys fans and his keeper-league fantasy owners after the wideout enjoyed a career year (92-1,382-12) in 2012 to finish with the third-most fantasy points (210) among all wideouts.
Posted: 4/9/2013 12:11pm et
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant said the index finger he fractured last season is feeling great and that he has been catching passes from QB Tony Romo at the team's facility. 'Finger is great,' Bryant said. 'I'm catching passes the same. I'm not missing a beat.'
Huddle Up: Finger issue or not, Bryant made a monster leap into the elite fantasy WR group with a 92-1,382-12 season in 2012, and there's no reason the fourth-year wideout can't approach or even better those numbers again next season.