ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 19: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys runs a 62 yard punt return for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears at Cowboys Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Dez Bryant
We all love ourselves some Dez Bryant these days. He had that excellent punt return TD against the Bears, and he made some clutch grabs against the Texans in Dallas’ first win of the year. Well, here’s another reason to get all swoony over Dez: He’s done it all with a stress fracture in his ribs. From Todd Archer at the Dallas Morning News:
As the Cowboys go about finding ways to get Dez Bryant more involved in the offense, they will have to be mindful of a stress fracture to the rookie wide receiver's ribs.
Bryant suffered the injury in the season opener against Washington but has not missed a game. A CT scan revealed the stress fracture but it should not be something that bothers him the whole season. He was limited in some practice work prior to the Week 2 loss to Chicago. He has worn extra protection around his ribs but it has not slowed him down.
Bryant took an anti-inflammatory injection before Sunday's game at Houston.
You don’t need me to tell you a stress fracture to the ribs is quite a painful injury. Yet Bryant has managed to flourish in spite of that. It makes you think that, once the injury has fully healed, he’ll be able to really go to town on defenses. He could return eight punts for TD’s in a single game! DON’T TELL ME IT’S OUT OF THE QUESTION!
And the fact that Bryant has played through the injury without complaint is a sign that any residual ill will leftover from his little shoulder pad controversy in the preseason should be gone completely. The kid’s playing hurt and doing well. Maybe the Double J was right about him being the biggest star in the universe.
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