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Dez Bryant Has Hairline Knee Fracture, Still Hoping To Play In Week 4

Update:

Cowboys HC Jason Garrett mentioned during a conference call on Wednesday that WR Dez Bryant is dealing with a hairline fracture in his right knee, per Cam Inman.

“We don’t think it’s something that going to keep him out for an extended period of time,” Garrett said. “But it’s going to a day-by-day, week-by-week situation.

Garrett added that he’s still hopeful Bryant will be able to play against the 49ers this weekend.

  • Ian Rapoport reports that while it’s possible Bryant could play in Week 4, it’s also a possibility that he could three weeks.
  • Rapoport adds that Bryant has been staying off of his knee and is currently on crutches, but the expectation is that he’ll be a game-time decision.
  • Todd Archer reports that Bryant’s fracture will not require surgery, but it remains to be seen how much time he will miss. Archer adds that the Cowboys don’t expect it to be long.
  • According to David Chao, if Bryant has a hairline fracture in the weight bearing portion of his knee, it will be a multi-week absence, as he would be risking displacement of the bone.

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters after Sunday’s game that WR Dez Bryant is believed to have a sprained knee but will have an MRI to confirm on Monday.

“We feel OK,” Jones said. “We’re going to do some other things, too. But right here, yes. Right now, we’re fine. We’ll give it another look-see with the MRI.”

Bryant’s knee appeared to flex a bit as he was tackled after picking up a first down. It looked like Bryant was headed to the locker room, but he managed to return to the game.

Bryant, 27, is a former first-round pick of the Cowboys back in 2010. He’s currently in the second year of his five-year, $70 million contract that includes $45 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $9 million for the 2016 season.

In 2016, Bryant has caught 11 passes for 150 yards receiving and one touchdown for the Cowboys.

We’ll have more regarding Bryant’s injury as the news is available.