Exclusive: Dez Bryant details Cowboys 'plan' as Giants approach

Dez Bryant is on the Cowboys practice field for the first time since his foot surgery and gives us the scoop about 'the plan.'

IRVING - On Thursday morning, the media witnessed Dez Bryant making his first appearance on the Dallas Cowboys practice field since undergoing surgery five-and-a-half weeks ago to repair a broken bone in right foot. On Thurday afternoon, 105.3 The Fan's Mike Fisher caught up with Dez for the update. From Fish's story:

“Yeah, I’m getting better,’’ the All-Pro receiver told Fish. “If I’m back against New York, I’m back against New York. That’s the plan!’’


But some caution here. Fish writes:

Bryant’s use of the word “plan’’ here requires clarification. He’s not saying the “plan’' has him definitively participating in the Cowboys-at-Giants game on Oct. 24, following this weekend’s bye; he’s saying that all along, since Sept. 14th surgery after an injury sustained the day before in a Week 1 win over these same Giants, the target date has gone unchanged. … and that the “plan’’ is for him to be a) first declared fully healthy and then b) to play.

“If it’s the Giants, it’s the Giants,’’ he reiterated, making no promises … but clearly enthused about the possibilities.

It's safe to assume that as Dallas makes offensive changes ...

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And is also buoyed by the energy that may be carrying over to the defensive side of the ball despite Dallas' overall 2-3 record ...


... Bryant's teammates are likely pumped about where this is going. Below you see Bryant dressed out for his Thursday sideline resistance-cord workout. Dez tells Fish this is "the first time he’s run free of the help of machinery (like the anti-gravity treadmill). “I’ve put weight on it (on that treadmill) but this was another step,’’ Dez said.''


Again, no guarantees here. The Cowboys and Dez have always had the same recovery timetable here, and while it looks promising -- "He has made a lot of progress,” coach Jason Garrett said. "He is moving around. I think he feels good'' -- Bryant has also mentioned in his visits with Fish his unwillingness to do anything "foolish.'' And Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has issued the same stance in numerous visits on 105.3 The Fan.


From Fish's story: Bryant told me he’ll work out again at Valley Ranch on Friday, go home to Lufkin, Texas for a family visit on Saturday, and then watch some NFL football on Sunday before resuming supervised rehab work at team headquarters on Monday.

At which time "Dez Watch'' begins again ... with a positivity but not a yet promise.

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