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Dez Bryant's Injury Rehab On Track; Open To Special Teams Role

The Cowboys would like to avoid this scene in 2011.
The Cowboys would like to avoid this scene in 2011.

Not a whole lot went right for the Dallas Cowboys in 2010. No need to re-hash that mess, but we did get a new coach in Jason Garrett, and our first-round draft pick turned out to be everything we wanted. Dez Bryant made the rest of the NFL take notice, and probably made a lot of teams regret passing on him in the draft.

While 'wowing' us with his athletic ability and his acrobatic catches, Bryant laid the foundation for what we hope is a long and stellar career in the NFL, and hopefully that career will be with the Dallas Cowboys. There is one caveat to all of that, and that's injury. Bryant suffered a high-ankle sprain in training camp that slowed his start to the season, then missed the final month with a fractured fibula. It's too early to say injury-prone, but it is a concern.

More on Bryant's injury progress after the poll...

So how is Bryant progressing in his recovery from the fractured fibula? Jason Garrett reports he's right on schedule.

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is progressing in the rehabilitation of his fractured right fibula. "Dez has made progress," Garrett said Thursday from Indianapolis. "He's going through his rehab, and it's been a positive experience for him. We have great people at the Cowboys who take him through that stuff and he's getting better."

Surely Bryant is going to be a starter this year at wide receiver. I can't believe the Cowboys are going to entertain the notion of starting Roy Williams over Bryant again this year. As we discussed in a previous article, special teams coach Joe DeCamillis would like nothing better than to line Bryant up as the return guy on punts and kickoffs. We discussed whether that was a good idea or not, but was does the man himself think of the idea?

"You can be both [receiver and return specialist]," he said. "I love playing the game of football. If they wanted me to play some safety some, I'd go back there. It doesn't matter. I'll do whatever."

Well, playing safety might be a good idea, given the problems we had there over the last few seasons.

How's he think he's doing in his rehab?

"The trainers are doing the best they can to get be me back to full recovery," Bryant said. "They're getting me right."

Let's put it to a vote. Would you line Dez Bryant up as a return specialist on a regular basis, use him just in spot-duty, or give the job to someone else?

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