Still recovering from a thigh contusion suffered in week one against the Jets, Dez Bryant wasn’t sure if he would play in Monday night’s home opener against the Redskins. Thankfully, he did, catching four passes for 63 yards, including a 30-yard reception in the fourth quarter that would set up the Cowboys’ game-winning field goal.
Bryant logged onto Twitter following the team’s 18-16 victory, and explained that his decision to play was influenced by his quarterback, Tony Romo, who has now played more than six straight quarters while suffering from a fractured rib.
“I wasn't for sure about going tonight but if a guy with a puncture lung and broken rib can get out there and play I can..Tony inspired me”, Bryant tweeted Monday night, per the Dallas Morning News, all sic.
The aforementioned 30-yard play might have been the height of excitement for the generally listless Cowboys’ offense on Monday, a broken play that ended with Romo gesturing to Bryant downfield. Three plays after the completion, and after 15 yards were tacked onto the end of the play as the result of a facemask penalty, Dan Bailey made the last of his six field goals on the night to give Dallas the lead at 18-16.
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