July 31st, 2010
by Jason Henry
December 30, 2008:Wide Receiver Dez Bryant #10 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys attempts a catch while being defended by #2 T.J. Ward of the Oregon Ducks during the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl at Qualcom Stadium in San Diego CA Photo via Newscom

The ink on Dez Bryant’s contract is just drying and he’s already out for at least a month with an injury. Cowboys 1st round draft pick Dez Bryant was injured in practice yesterday with a high ankle sprain after getting tangled up with cornerback Orlando Scandrick after a pass play. Scandrick landed awkwardly on Bryant’s ankle which caused the injury.

Dez needed assistance from trainers to get off the field, which was an alarming site to Cowboys fans in attendance at Friday’s afternoon practice session.

Bryant was scheduled to have an MRI on the injured ankle last Friday night, but no word as to if the results were negative. In speaking with ESPN’s Chris Mortensen on Friday Cowboys owner Jerry Jones suggested that Bryant may have been over worked in practice as he’s working with the receivers and special teams as a kick returner.

If the budding star receiver indeed has a high ankle sprain then he could very well miss 6 weeks, if not longer. Ankle injuries are sometimes hard to gauge and with a high ankle sprain Dez is going to have to work hard rehabbing the ankle in order to get back for opening day.

So far Bryant has been lauded for his work ethic in practice and his spectacular way of making catches. The Cowboys drafted the sometimes controversial wide receiver for his explosive ability and penchant for making big plays. Jerry Jones also remembers his error in passing on Randy Moss in the 1998 draft and did not want to make the same mistake again.

The Cowboys will continue training camp in San Antonio before heading the Oxnard, California for the 2nd half of camp.

-JH

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