It was the second to last play of practice and rookie WR Dez Bryant was running a routine crossing route when he made contact with CB Orlando Scandrick, went down, tried to get up and walk back to the huddle, went back down again and then was helped off the field by two trainers.
Head Coach Wade Phillips and Cowboys’ fans everywhere are hoping it is just a minor rolled/sprained ankle. “I guess he just rolled his ankle. I batted the ball away, was competing for the ball,” Scandrick said after practice. Phillips mentioned it in his press conference after saying, “Preliminary indications is Dez has an ankle sprain…we’re checking further.”
Bryant will undergo a MRI tonight to find out the extent of the damage. The Cowboys hope that it won’t be too serious. According to Phillips, Bryant was having a good camp so far.
The Cowboys just released that Bryant will be out 4-6 weeks with a high ankle sprain. This will be a blow to the Cowboys’ attempts to get Bryant acclimated. The injury could have been more devastating to the team if it came at a position that the Cowboys weren’t as crowded in. The battle at the receiver position is deep and with Bryant a lock to make the roster, this injury opens up opportunities for Crayton, Ogletree and youngsters like Johnson, and Ryan.
After practice Crayton joked with the media saying, “Just call me Allstate,” in reference to his comments about being insurance when the Cowboys refused to release him after they drafted Bryant in the first round. While Crayton was sad for Bryant he did say the rest of the receivers need to step it up. Bryant will be out for the preseason and won’t return until the beginning of September at the earliest.