IRVING, Texas – Dez Bryant said after Sunday's loss to Seattle that his foot felt fine, but it's always encouraging to get a second opinion.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett broke down the particulars of the 13-12 loss on Monday afternoon, and he was encouraged by just how much of a role Bryant was able to play.
"He came out of the game OK. He played a number of snaps in the game, so that was a positive thing for us," Garrett said. "He made a couple of plays in the game. But I think the encouraging sign for us was that he played as many snaps as he did."
Bryant managed just two catches for 12 yards while facing off against Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman, but he was targeted six times and had a snap count of nearly 40 plays. That's somewhat surprising, given the talk all last week that Bryant's snaps would be closely monitored against the Seahawks.
"We didn't have a number in mind," Garrett said. "But the biggest thing was for us to watch him, and we all did that as a staff and substitute him when we thought it was important to do that, but he was handling the work fairly well."
The night went well enough that Garrett said he expects Bryant will be an active participant this week while the Cowboys prepare for Philadelphia. Bryant was limited in all three practices last week, and he hasn't been a full participant since the preparations for Week 1 against New York. Time will tell if that changes in the coming days.
"He seemed like he was good. We anticipate him being able to practice on Wednesday and have a full week this week," Garrett said.
Monday marks exactly seven weeks since Bryant underwent surgery on the broken metatarsal in his right foot. The initial recovery time was given as six-to-eight weeks, which obviously puts him right on the anticipated schedule.