The Cowboys may have won the battle with a 27-26 victory over the New York Giants Sunday night at AT&T Stadium, but they may have sustained key injuries that may cost them the war. (EDITORS NOTE: In above video I erroneously identity Randy Gregory's ankle injury. Details below.)
One of those warriors lost was Bryant, who suffered a broken foot after gaining five yards on a third-and-8 at the Dallas 22-yard line early in the fourth quarter. The two-time Pro Bowler tells our man Fish that he needs a procedure to put a screw in his right foot.
"I can't wait to get back," he says, estimating a four-week recovery.
No kidding. After the game, Bryant, with a broken foot yet to be treated, rushed out of the locker room in his skivves to congratulate his teammates on the division win:
Don't expect Dallas to bring in your favorite free agent receivers off the couch to line up at the X; it's not the Cowboy Way under Jason Garrett. With a "next man up" philosophy, the team will likely look for Terrance Williams, Devin Street, and Cole Beasley to rise to the occasion. Heck, they may look more to tight end Gavin Escobar and running back Lance Dunbar to make key catches in the passing game as Bryant recovers. Nevertheless, Reggie Wayne, Randy Moss, Laurent Robinson and the like aren't walking through that tunnel, we don't believe.
Gregory, the rookie defensive end, was getting good pressure against Eli Manning and helpful in stopping the Giants rushing attack. For a defensive line that is already thin thanks to the suspension of defensive end Greg Hardy, losing Gregory to a four-to-six-week high-ankle sprain is momentous, especially when the second-rounder out of Nebraska showed his realized potential as one of the "rushmen." Look for another rookie, fifth-round Ryan Russell out of Purdue via Carrollton Creekview, to fill in as Gregory recovers.
Ron Leary's groin injury may sideline him for a few weeks, or maybe not depending on the results of his MRI, which we will have the latest news on that right here at CowboysHQ. If Leary has to miss any extended period of time, backup guard Mackenzy Bernadeau will fill in for Leary, not the undrafted rookie La'el Collins, who the coaches didn't even activate against the Giants Sunday night. Bernadeau helped keep the line protect Romo in the fourth quarter, especially on the final drive where Romo carved up the Giants for an 11-yard game-winning touchdown to "I love you'' BFF Jason Witten.
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