The Dallas Cowboys were without two key offensive starters in practice on Wednesday, as receiver Dez Bryant (hip) and DeMarco Murray (foot) were held out, per ESPN Dallas.
Bryant suffered the hip injury on that now-infamous would-be touchdown catch with ten seconds remaining in last week’s loss to the Giants. As you might recall, Bryant came down with the 37-yard heave only to land hard on his posterior/side area, and was shaken up enough to be pulled from the game for the ensuing play, after the touchdown was overruled. He was replaced by Dwayne Harris.
However, Bryant is most likely being held out purely for precautionary reasons. Oft-injured through his first two seasons in the league, Bryant hasn’t missed a game this season, and the Cowboys are intent on keeping it that way as they prepare for a tough road test against the 7-0 Atlanta Falcons.
DeMarco Murray, on the other hand, has missed the team’s past two games as he continues to recover from ligament damage in his foot, suffered in the loss to the Ravens back in week six. Jerry Jones seemed optimistic about Murray’s chances of returning against Atlanta earlier in the week, but his absence from practice Wednesday may be a sign that Jones jumped the gun a bit on the whole optimism thing.
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