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For Fifth Straight Game, Dez Bryant Officially Ruled Out For Sunday

The only difference this week is the Cowboys waited an extra day before ruling him out.

But for the fifth straight game, Dez Bryant is officially out of the lineup for Sunday's game with the Giants. The Cowboys listed Bryant as doubtful on Friday but after the receiver didn't travel with the team later that day, they downgraded his status to out. Bryant was expected join the team on Saturday to give his support from the sideline.

Bryant, who suffered a fractured foot in the season opener against the Giants, has continued to increase his rehab workload. This past week, he was on the field all three days with the training and conditioning staff and was see catching passes and running a few routes. But he hasn't participated in either individual or team drills.

Earlier this week, owner/GM Jerry Jones hinted that Bryant needs to be comfortable with his running and cuts to be able to play against the Giants. If he wasn't 100 percent, Jones said the receiver could be held out until the Seattle game on Nov. 1, suggesting that his return is around the corner, if not this week.

The Cowboys could likely start Brice Butler opposite of Terrance Williams. Butler is expected back this week after suffering a hamstring injury against the Saints in Week 4.

Without Bryant, the Cowboys are just 1-3 this season, winning only the Week 2 game in Philadelphia, where Tony Romo suffered his broken collarbone. Without Bryant and Romo, the Cowboys have lost three straight games, but will hope to break that trend Sunday at MetLife Stadium, where the Cowboys have won three straight games over the Giants.

The only other uncertain injury situation for the Cowboys involves tight end James Hanna, who is questionable to play with an ankle injury. He missed the last game against the Patriots and if he doesn't play again, rookie Geoff Swaim will likely get the nod again.

The Cowboys will announce all seven inactive players on Sunday 90 minutes before kickoff.  

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