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Drew Pearson to Dez: Don't Rush Your Return

Dez Bryant is coming off a season in which he was limited to seven games due to foot and ankle issues

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    Hall of Fame receiver and Cowboys Ring of Honor member Drew Pearson believes Dez Bryant has all the reason in the world to exercise patience as he comes back from a second surgery on his foot.

    The first operation took place in September, after Bryant initially broke his foot in the regular season opener. He returned after five games, played but struggled to look like himself in the eight games after that, then was held out of the final two. He underwent the second procedure in New York shortly after the end of the season.

    Pearson wants Bryant to be cautious as he once again starts on the road to recovery.

    “With Dez’s surgeries and the grafts and all that, this is something you’ve got to be really careful with,” Pearson said, per Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas. “The main thing is he’s got to get back healthy. You can’t rush it. He can’t try to do this and that. He’s got to let the process take care of itself. For me, as a receiver this is the kind of injury that could end it. You’ve got to be careful. You might never be the same. You’ve got to have that fear factor in your rehab. So let the healing process take care of itself. A lot of it has to be natural healing. He has to be patient. I think he realizes that now.”

    This isn't the first time we've heard someone express such a concern about Bryant. Falcons receiver Julio Jones, who underwent foot surgery in 2011, warned Bryant against rushing his return back in September.