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Bryant Restoring Cowboys' Hope Just With Presence at Valley Ranch



    Under the Tucson Sun
    NBC 5 News
    Wide receiver Dez Bryant participates in the Dallas Cowboys organized team activities at Valley Ranch.

    Sure the Cowboys’ spirits are lifted by the return to the field of Tony Romo. But let’s not forget, Dez Bryant also missed last season.

    Well, didn’t he?

    A year ago the receiver was coming off an epic 2014 but was absent from Valley Ranch in a contract dispute. He didn’t sign a long-team deal until just before training camp, immediately had hamstring problems, broke his foot and … the rest is ugly history. Nine games. Three touchdowns. 4-12.

    The Cowboys don’t just need a healthy Romo back in 2016. They also – call it priority 1a – desperately need Bryant too.

    While Romo is back on the field at OTAs this week at Valley Ranch, Bryant is still inching his way back after surgery on his right foot in January. He’s at Valley Ranch, but not yet cleared to take part in team or individual drills.

    By July he should be in pads and in the plans. For now, just having him around the team is a promising sign that the Cowboys can get past last year’s disaster.

    Said head coach Jason Garrett, “He is very engaged, working through all the walk-throughs. That is huge.”

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.