Cowboys Dez Bryant With Hairline Fracture In Knee: Wants To Play?

Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant says 'I might' when it comes to playing this weekend, even though the MRI has revealed a hairline fracture of the tibia in his right knee.

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has a hairline fracture of his right tibia -- something he played with in the last three quarters of last week's win over Chicago and something he is considering playing with this weekend in San Francisco.

"I might,'' he told reporters, smiling on Wednesday as he walked through the locker room at The Star in Frisco.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett -- who has been less than forthcoming in the last three days concerning Bryant even getting an MRI (maybe as a cover for the player missing an appointment or two?) -- is at least on the same page with his star player there.

"We've had players with this kind of injury who missed no time,’’ Garrett said.

We believe that's an optimistic take, and only somewhat unreasonable given Bryant's willingness to play through pain. But sources tell our Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan that that the team is braced for Bryant miss as many as three games. And the possibility that this is a "tibial plateau fracture'' opens up the possibility of a longer period of inactivity.

The injury was first diagnosed as a “sprained knee,’' and it is unclear whether the hairline fracture that was truly sustained could not be detected without the MRI, which CHQ has reported was absolutely scheduled to occur Monday and absolutely was re-scheduled for Tuesday but yet did not take place until Wednesday morning. Fish also reported that Dez was not at team headquarters on Tuesday afternoon when other players were in team meetings. (The Morning News reports he's being fined for that.)

Amid reports that Bryant is "on crutches,'' that wasn't the case during his brief appearance in the locker room (though Fish notes he could've been handed crutches and "thrown them back in the trunk.'') Fish also reports on 105.3 The Fan that Bryant is in a chipper mood as the team holds out hope that he will play against the 49ers while preparing for Brice Butler to move into the starting lineup.

“I believe that I can be a starter here and this is my opportunity to showcase that,’’ Butler told reporters. “However long he’s gone, let everybody know who I am and what I can do, so when he does come back, I can be out there with him.’'

Meanwhile, on 105.3 The Fan, rookie QB Dak Prescott told Fish, that the absence of Dez "really doesn’t set me back. It’s next man up. Dez is a guy who you love to have out there because he creates problems for the defense and gets lots of attention. But I have confidence Brice and the other guys will step up.''

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