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Frustrated Bryant Trying To Be Patient



    Rookie receiver Dez Bryant ran and cut on his bum leg on Monday for the first time since suffering a high ankle sprain on July 30, but Dallas is being understandably cautious with their first round pick--an approach that, understandable as it may be, has come much to the chagrin of Bryant. The coaches are well aware of this, of course, but they won't likely budge any time soon.

    “I know he wanted to play in these last two preseason games,” said head coach Wade Phillips, per David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, “but he's not a doctor or an athletic trainer.”

    Bryant has already been ruled out of Saturday’s exhibition in Houston, and it appears more and more likely that his Cowboys’ debut won’t come until the September 12 regular season opener in Washington. Owner Jerry Jones recently had a “long talk” with Bryant concerning his recovery and, though the frustration remains, the 21-year-old receiver came away from that meeting with a better understanding of the caution with which the Cowboys are treading.

    Which isn’t to say Bryant will be any happier to sit out as his teammates practice; but he’s trying his best to step back from the situation and keep his emotions in check--to trust in the training staff in the face of this overwhelming frustration.

    "I don't want to get into it, but I got into that today," said Bryant. "I had to calm myself down. Like I said, at the same time, I look at the big picture. That's how I keep myself calm."

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