IRVING, Texas – Dez Bryant was at practice Wednesday, marking his first appearance since fracturing the fifth metatarsal in his right foot in the Sept. 13 season opener.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Bryant will start practice on a limited basis, and the team will determine if he can progress from individual work. The All-Pro receiver dressed out in full pads and went through the normal routine of pre-practice position drills. The main portion of the team's practice is closed to the media, so the Cowboys' Wednesday injury report will give a good indication of how much he participated.
"Dez is going to work each day, and as this week goes on he's going to take it day by day," Garrett said. "Hopefully he can handle the work, and we'll make our best judgments as a coaching staff as to what his role may or may not be for this weekend."
Bryant has missed the last five games recovering from surgery to stabilize the fracture. He did some conditioning on the side during practice last week, and although he was ruled out against the Giants this past Sunday, he had a good individual pregame workout at MetLife Stadium.
The return of one of the Cowboys' top players was obviously the headline-grabbing development on Wednesday, but there were other noteworthy items. Both Joseph Randle and DeMarcus Lawrence were absent from the start of practice but showed up after the start of the morning session.
Randle is still dealing with the strained oblique he suffered against the Giants, and Garrett said he'd be limited if he practiced at all.
Barry Church missed practice, as he is coping with an ankle injury he suffered against New York.
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