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Dez Bryant | Wide Receiver

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/4/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 220
College: Oklahoma State
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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Dez Bryant (hamstring) will sit out the final two preseason games.
"I’m not sure we’re satisfied that it’s necessary for him to extend that [hamstring]," Jones said. "We don’t have to have him. That’s the way I look at it." Coach Jason Garrett said Bryant could be cleared for Saturday's dress rehearsal, but there's no reason for Dallas to risk a setback. Bryant will be all systems go for Week 1. Aug 28 - 6:10 PM

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Dez Bryant (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday.

The Cowboys have been taking it painfully slow with Bryant since he strained his hamstring on August 6. He will be all systems go for the regular season.
Aug 27 - 12:55 PM

Dez Bryant (hamstring) will not play in the Cowboys' second preseason game.

Bryant strained his left hamstring in practice on August 6 and has been sidelined since. There does not appear to be any long-term concern over the injury. He will likely be ready to go for Dallas' regular season dress rehearsal.
Aug 17 - 8:24 AM

Coach Jason Garrett declined to say when Dez Bryant (hamstring) will return to practice.

Bryant was held out of the Cowboys preseason opener with a hamstring issue. There hasn’t been concern over his injury, but Dallas has no reason to rush him. Bryant’s status for the second preseason game is up in the air, though he shouldn’t be in danger of missing the regular season dress rehearsal.
Aug 15 - 6:21 PM

Dez Bryant is not expected to return punts this season.

The Cowboys aren’t going to risk Bryant to injury after signing him to a $70 million extension. Cole Beasley, Lance Dunbar, and UDFA Lucky Whitehead are the top candidates to replace Dwayne Harris.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Aug 8 - 4:20 PM

Dez Bryant returned punts at Tuesday's practice.

Bryant hasn't returned a punt since 2012. It's entirely possible nothing will come of this, but it's still interesting the Cowboys would consider putting their star receiver in harm's way on special teams. Dwayne Harris was the Cowboys' primary return man in 2014 but he signed with the Giants this offseason. Lance Dunbar also has experience returning kicks.
Aug 4 - 8:38 PM

Cowboys signed WR Dez Bryant to a five-year, $70 million contract, including $45 million guaranteed.

As they say, deadlines spur action. There had been so much back-and-forth between the two sides through the media. And being that it happened during late June and early July -- the NFL's deadest period -- things were very much blown out of proportion. In the end, Bryant gets his money and long-term security, while the Cowboys lock up arguably the league's best receiver entering his prime at $14 million annually, making Dez the second-highest paid player at his position behind Calvin Johnson. It's a blueprint for Demaryius Thomas, Julio Jones, and A.J. Green as they look for their second NFL contracts. Bryant will be on the field Week 1 against the Giants.
Jul 15 - 3:09 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys and unsigned franchise player Dez Bryant are "finalizing" a long-term contract extension.

Per RapSheet and ESPN's Adam Schefter, Bryant is on his way to Valley Ranch to meet with Cowboys officials and hammer out the final minor details. This thing appears like it's going to get done before 4 PM; we're just awaiting details.
Jul 15 - 2:40 PM

The Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota reports the Cowboys are "closing in on a deal" with unsigned franchise player Dez Bryant.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport adds the two sides are "making real progress" toward a long-term deal, and "everyone is optimistic now." Nothing like a good, firm deadline to get the sides together to try and hammer this thing out. We'll surely have more updates on the situation before the 4 PM ET deadline.
Jul 15 - 2:09 PM

According to Profootballtalk, it's "still less than 50-50" the Cowboys will reach a long-term deal with Dez Bryant before Wednesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline.

Bryant's camp considers the Cowboys' latest offer "not great." So far, Bryant hasn't been willing to give Dallas a hometown discount but he may change his tune as the deadline ticks closer. Bryant has promised a holdout if the sides can't agree on a contract, though the Cowboys believe he's bluffing.
Jul 15 - 12:50 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys are offering franchise player Dez Bryant over $13 million a year and Bryant is now "more optimistic than ever" that a deal will be reached before Wednesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline.

Rapoport said the two sides had "a long way to go" Tuesday night so it appears they've made progress. Bryant is still hoping for a contract in the neighborhood of Calvin Johnson's eight-year, $150.5 million deal but the Cowboys might sway him by offering a huge amount of guaranteed money. Bryant tweeted Monday that he'd hold out if a deal isn't reached.
Jul 15 - 11:38 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys are offering unsigned franchise player Dez Bryant more than $12.8 million per year in long-term talks, but that the sides "have a long way to go."

$12.8 million is what Bryant would make under the franchise tag. Although Rapsheet reports Bryant is seeking "more than Megatron money" — Calvin Johnson's deal is for eight years and $150.5 million — the Cowboys apparently aren't buying his holdout threat because of how much time he's spent at the team facility this offseason. Nevertheless, Rapsheet's colleague Rand Getlin reports that "sources close" to Bryant "insist" he's ready to stay away. We'll have a much clearer idea of where the sides stand in 24 hours.
Jul 14 - 7:25 PM

PFT's Mike Florio reports the collusion evidence between the Cowboys-Broncos and their unsigned franchise players Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas stems from a conversation between Bryant and Cowboys VP Stephen Jones.

Per Florio's source, Jones explained to Bryant that the Calvin Johnson contract -- which contains the benchmark $48 million guaranteed Bryant and Thomas are said to be seeking -- has no relevance because it was signed before the rookie-wage scale. Jones reportedly then told Bryant that Jones spoke with Broncos GM John Elway about the situation. Hence the evidence of collusion. Jones will undoubtedly deny the allegations when they'll then likely be swept under the rug.
Jul 13 - 7:59 PM

Posting on Twitter Monday, unsigned franchise player Dez Bryant confirmed he will hold out absent a new long-term deal by Wednesday's deadline.

"As much as I love football...on my beautiful babies.. I apologize #cowboynation but I will not be there if no deal," was Bryant's exact tweet. The post was punctuated by a "#fact" hashtag. It's a hardball ploy, but one that won't hold much water beyond Wednesday. The Cowboys will have to be absolutely certain that Bryant is serious about missing regular-season games for his tact to work. Otherwise, they can gamble the football-loving wideout won't be able to sit idly by as the regular season rolls around. If Bryant is serious, he can copy Vincent Jackson's 2010 blueprint, sitting out the first 10 games and returning for the final six so his contract doesn't "toll" to 2016.
Jul 13 - 2:59 PM

Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones denies that unsigned franchise player Dez Bryant has threatened to hold out of regular-season games.

ESPN's Ed Werder reported Monday morning that Bryant had personally called Jones to inform him of his intention to skip games. It was Werder who then passed along Jones' statement. It's unclear who to believe, but sitting out regular-season games wouldn't earn Bryant much, save his body. The deadline for teams to strike long-term deals with franchise players is Wednesday. Beyond then, Bryant will have no choice but to play on his one-year tender.
Jul 13 - 2:06 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tony Romo
2Brandon Weeden
RB1Joseph Randle
2Darren McFadden
3Lance Dunbar
GLB1Joseph Randle
2Darren McFadden
3RB1Lance Dunbar
2Darren McFadden
FB1Tyler Clutts
2Ray Agnew
WR11Dez Bryant
2Devin Street
3Lucky Whitehead
4Nick Harwell
WR21Terrance Williams
2Cole Beasley
3A.J. Jenkins
4Clyde Gates
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2James Hanna
3Gavin Escobar
4Geoff Swaim
K1Dan Bailey