*FRISCO, Texas *– Add Dez Bryant to the list of absences from Thursday’s preseason game in Seattle.
The Cowboys revealed on Tuesday morning that Bryant suffered a concussion during the team’s Monday morning practice. Neither Bryant nor Tyrone Crawford will play against the Seahawks, as both players have been evaluated for concussions within the last two days.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said after practice that the hit didn't come from a particularly violent collision, as Bryant and Barry Church popped each other during drills.
"It was a non descript hit. He kind of turned and Barry Church was actually slowing down as he came over to him. But somehow the angle of Barry's shoulder pads and the angle of Dez's head, they hit," Garrett said.
"Dez took a couple of steps and he kind of felt something. We obviously took him out the rest of practice and we deemed it a concussion. He had some concussion like symptoms and he is not going to play in the game."[embeddedad0]
This setback will likely end Bryant’s preseason, given that starters typically don’t play in the final preseason game. But with 19 days until the Cowboys open the regular season, the All-Pro receiver will have ample time to recover.
"He seemed much better today," Garrett said. "With it happening so close to the game, he is not going to be able to play in the game. I don't think there is a long term concern here."
Bryant had been on a fantastic run of play during the Cowboys’ first two preseason games. During limited action against the Rams and Dolphins, he caught four passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns.
Following the news of the injury, Bryant tweeted to assure fans of his well-being.