OXNARD, Calif. – The Cowboys are being conservative with several players who have day-to-day injuries in training camp. Dez Bryant is one of them.
The week before camp, team officials said they'd monitor Bryant's practice workload after he missed virtually the entire offseason program while his representatives negotiated a new contract that was finalized on July 15.
With Bryant nursing a slight hamstring strain here in early August, expect the Cowboys to ensure the All-Pro receiver is 100 percent ready to return.
"I think that's day to day. Obviously we're not going to rush that, either," executive vice president Stephen Jones said.
Bryant arrived in Oxnard in great shape and looked like his dominant self through the first week of practice. If there's a silver lining to Bryant missing a little time – it would seem unlikely he plays in Thursday's preseason opener – it's that he gets a chance to improve his conditioning even more.
"It was verbalized by the organization (before camp) that we were going to have to manage that situation," Jones said, "and I think this will let (associate athletic trainer/director of rehabilitation) Britt Brown and our training staff and our strength and conditioning staff work with him and get him in even a better place."