IRVING, Texas– Dez Bryant is wearing a protective boot on his surgically-repaired right foot, and while he's still expected to miss a few more weeks, Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones says the All-Pro receiver's prognosis looks good.
"I just had a great visit with him," Jones said Thursday at Valley Ranch. "The pain is going away by the day and that's important. His procedure gives me a lot of confidence that he will be able to have a positive recovery."
Bryant had surgery Sept. 15 to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal suffered in the Cowboys' season opener against the Giants. The team opted not to place Bryant on the injured reserve/designated to return list which would have sidelined him from practice for a minimum of six weeks and game action for a minimum of eight weeks.
That short-term designation went to quarterback Tony Romo this week after he fractured his left collarbone this past Sunday against the Eagles. The earliest Romo can return is Nov. 22 at the Dolphins.
Until both stars are back, the Cowboys' offense will function with Brandon Weeden at quarterback and Terrance Williams as the lead receiver. The Cowboys traded for Matt Cassel and signed Kellen Moore from the practice squad for quarterback depth. Last week, they traded for receiver Brice Butler.
Jones believes the early-season injury adversity can make the Cowboys a stronger team in the long run.
"If we improve within because they're not here and then we have them come back, which will make us better when they do return, then I think we've got a chance to be a better team," he said. "That's certainly the way I look at it."
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