Dez Bryant shook out the cobwebs Wednesday, practicing for the first time since he hurt his knee Sept. 25.
The Cowboys receiver practiced on a limited basis, but told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he needed to get out there even if he doesn’t play Sunday at Green Bay.
There is a chance he plays Sunday, depending on how he does at Friday’s practice, but he won’t rush back. The Cowboys (4-1) have a bye next week and host the Eagles in Week 8. While Sunday’s game against the Packers (3-1) looms large, beating the Eagles (3-1) could go a long way toward winning the NFC East and getting a home playoff game.
Bryant has a hairline fracture in his right knee. After catching just one pass in Week 1, he caught seven for 102 yards in Week 2. He suffered the knee injury in Week 3 against the Bears and played through it, but wasn’t 100 percent and caught three balls for 40 yards and a touchdown.
Bryant suffered various injuries last year and was never 100 percent, catching just 31 passes. So he understands the importance of a cautious approach this season, especially with the opportunity for an extra week of rest without missing a game.