IRVING, Texas – When rehabbing players from injury, sometimes the second day is more important than the first.
While Dez Bryant was able to get back on the practice field Wednesday, the fact he had no setbacks on Thursday and was able to do the same work, if not a little more, should be an encouraging sign for the Cowboys.
"Had a good day yesterday so again we'll take the same approach," head coach Jason Garrett said before practice Thursday. "He'll warm up early on, and hopefully he does well with that and we'll move him up. He'll get some opportunity in individual and hopefully he can handle that and we'll see what he can do. Had a good day yesterday thought and feels pretty good this morning."
Getting Bryant back on the field for a game is the ultimate goal and after his second day of what was described again as "limited work," the star receiver appears to be inching closer to making that return.
Certainly the Cowboys have missed their Pro Bowl receiver, who sustained the broken foot in the Week 1 win over the Giants.
- As expected, the Cowboys were without running back Joseph Randle, who is dealing with an oblique/back issue, among other things in his personal life. Garrett said Randle will not play Sunday vs. Seattle, regardless of his off-the-field issues this week.
- Cornerback Morris Claiborne did not practice Thursday because of an illness.
- Safety Barry Church, who had an ankle injury early in the Giants game last week but was able to return to action, was held out of the first part of Thursday's practice. He was working in uniform with the conditioning staff and could get some limited work in later in the session.
- Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence missed Wednesday's practice with a back injury, but was back on the field Thursday.
- Rookie linebacker Mark Nzeocha, who is listed on PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) with a knee injury he sustained in college, has returned to practice, beginning his three-week window where the Cowboys have to evaluate his progress.
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