Rookie receiver Dez Bryant has made no secret of the fact that he is chomping at the bit to return to the field. After missing all but three games in his final season at Oklahoma State and each of the Cowboys’ five preseason games, in fact, coaches have taken it upon themselves to keep the enthusiasm in check.
“The main thing is I have to keep him calm. He's excited and biting at the bit to have a chance to play,” said receivers coach Ray Sherman, on Monday. “It's different. It's not preseason. This is for real. This is live bullets coming at you.”
To understand Bryant’s character is to understand the need for such precaution on the part of the coaches: Bryant loves football. And, on Sunday, he will have the opportunity play for the first time in almost a year--and, not for nothing, the first time since being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.
Which is to say that for Bryant, who says he has fully recovered from the high ankle sprain that so severely limited him in camp, Sunday night can’t come soon enough.
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