Bryant Misses Practice With Ribs Injury

Fresh off his best performance of his young career, Dez Bryant's status for Sunday's game against Houston might be in question.

Bryant missed practice on Wednesday because of a rib injury he suffered near the end of last week's game with the Bears, although it doesn't appear to be a serious injury.

The rookie receiver was on the field, in uniform, for the first portion of practice, including the individual drills. But apparently, Bryant did not participate with the offense during team drills.

In fact, Bryant actually suffered the injury against Washington in his first NFL game but was able to practice and play through it last week. Bryant scored his first NFL touchdown on a 62-yard punt return in the first quarter and had two receptions for 52 yards on offense. The first-round pick from Oklahoma State was one of five candidates nominated for the Pepsi Rookie of the Week honors. 

Although it appears to be another minor setback, injuries have been a concern for Bryant since he was drafted back in April. Whether it was a minor ankle injury in mini-camp, or a stomach virus for an OTA practice and of course the high-ankle sprain that kept him for a month of training camp all five preseason games, Bryant has had some kind of nagging ailment.

Even in Sunday's loss to Chicago, Bryant gingerly walked off the field with an apparent ankle injury and was briefly looked at by the team doctors and training staff, but he did return to action.

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