The at-times credible NFL Insider, Ian Rapoport tweeted out the following this morning regarding Cowboys Wide Receiver Dez Bryant:
Long-term, a bone graft is good news for Dez Bryant’s foot healing. Short-term, it lengthens his timeframe. Could be out until Dec.
His tweet was accompanied by an article on NFL.com, which even states that the Cowboys have yet to comment on any timetable for Dez. The news will not change the team’s approach, as they have been well-schooled by Jason Garrett and his coaching staff. The offense knows they have a huge void in production that they will have to fill collectively.
Later in the morning, Ian’s report was contradicted by Ed Werder of ESPN:
Whether they are right or not nobody knows, but #Cowboys right now believe Dez Bryant has realistic chance to return in 8 weeks or less
It goes without saying, Dez Bryant’s recovery time is still very much in question.
Brice Butler will have a huge opportunity to live up to his potential, as will Devin Street. Jason Witten, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Lance Dunbar, and Gavin Escobar will all have additional opportunities. Does all of this sound familiar?
It should; as it stands, nothing has changed.
Whether Dez misses six, ten, or twelve games the objective remains the same; win each week. This is far from a reason to begin panicking. Dez will definitely be missed, yet his loss is not an insurmountable obstacle.
Tony Romo is still the Quarterback, Jason Witten is still the Tight End, and this team still has a wealth of offensive talent.