Dez Bryant practices, may play against Seahawks


For the first time since breaking his foot in September, Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant hits the practice field today and may play Sunday when the Seattle Seahawks visit Big D for a 1:25pm PST kickoff.

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Without Bryant and injured QB Tony Romo, Dallas has lost 4 straight games. Obviously, they’re hoping they see enough from Bryant over the next three days to warrant him being active this weekend:

"“He’ll start out as limited, and we’ll see how he does in some of the individual work and see if he can progress from there.”  Dallas Head Coach Jason Garrett on Dez Bryant"

Clearly the Cowboys aren’t the same without Bryant on the field, as they’ve dropped to #20 overall in passing yards on the season, but how impactful will he be without Romo? Matt Cassel is set to start his second straight game at QB for Dallas after throwing 3 interceptions in their loss to the Giants last week. Cassel and Bryant haven’t had much time to work together, but just having Dez back on the field in any capacity is something the Cowboys are desperately anticipating.

"“Every time Dez Bryant has broken the huddle in his career, I think the defensive guys go where #88 goes, so when you don’t have that presence it has a negative impact on your team.”"

For their part, Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll has said the team is preparing as if Bryant will be healthy and playing, which may very well mean we’ll see Richard Sherman matched up on him wherever he goes. Sherman has been shadowing #1 receivers more than ever this year, and 100% healthy or not, Bryant defines that label. His very presence is certain to help make Dallas’ offense more diverse.

Meanwhile, Garrett also announced that Darren McFadden will start at running back against Seattle. Using a RB-by-committee approach up to this point, McFadden appeared to leapfrog ahead of Joeseph Randle with a 152 yard performance against the Giants. The Seahawks may also be facing former teammate Christine Michael, who has seen limited duty since being acquired in a trade between the two teams before the season opener.

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