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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Will Dez Bryant Be Ready For New York Giants

Latest Cowboys headlines: Dez Bryant makes limited return to practice field; QB coach expecting upgrade with Matt Cassel; Cowboys' plan for Christine Michael: "Let him rock."

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Cowboys WR Dez Bryant makes limited return to practice field - USA Today
Bryant worked out on field for first time in a month.

Bryant, who underwent surgery Sept. 14, worked with a trainer and resistance cords during the portion of the practice that was open to media members. He walked onto the field in shorts, shoulder pads and with his helmet in hand.

"We are taking the situation day by day," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday. "He has made a lot of progress. He is moving around. I think he feels good."

Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant: ‘I’m getting right. If it’s the Giants, it’s the Giants’ | The Star-Telegram
Bryant showed up at practice for the first time since his foot surgery, and went through rehab work on the cords with the trainers. Asked about his status, Bryant said:

"I’m getting back. I’m getting right," Bryant said. "If it’s the Giants, it’s the Giants."

Coach Jason Garrett said Bryant would have to practice with the team before he could play against the Giants.That could come next Wednesday when the Cowboys return to practice after this week’s bye. They have Friday and Monday off. Tuesday will be more of a walk-through workout.

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Matt Cassel, Dallas Cowboys receivers working on familiarity - Dallas Cowboys Blog - ESPN
Matt Cassel is working overtime with the Dallas Cowboys' receivers to get comfortable with each other during the team's bye week.

Sturm: Weeden limited the offense, the offense didn't limit Weeden | SportsDay
Bob Sturm answered questions in a chat Thursday. Here's what he thought about Brandon Weeden.

I tend to think that for the most part, they did about as much as you can do with Weeden playing QB. He limits your offense. The offense didn't limit Weeden.

QB Coach Expecting Upgrade With New Starter | Dallas Cowboys
QB coach Wade Wilson said he expects Cassel’s experience over Weeden could be the biggest reason for an offensive upgrade.

"You can tell he’s a veteran pro. He has great command out there," Wilson said. "The guys respond to him. He’s a sharp guy and has picked things up very quickly."

"The fact that he’s played so much. He has a lot more starts in this league than Brandon," Wilson said. "He’s played a lot more football. He’s been in situations where he has had to come in in the middle of the season. These are experiences he can draw on."

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Cowboys RB coach Gary Brown on Christine Michael: 'We're going to take the reins off and let him rock' | Jon Machota, SportsDay
Christine Michael will be getting more opportunities to run the football against the Giants. Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown said Thursday that Michael has earned the opportunity to have a bigger role.

"He can do more things," Brown said. "I think the thing is he had to learn it. He had to feel comfortable with it. I think he's where he needs to be. We're going to take the reins off and let him rock."

"I think he brings a different style. He's more of a scat back, twitchy guy, with power, so I think he brings a little bit different style to the table and I think we need to take advantage of that."

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Word of Muth: Hope For Dallas? - Football Outsiders
Ben Muth takes a look at the Cowboys O-Line and concludes that the line is playing at a much higher level than most people are giving it credit for.

I understand that expectations for this unit were high, and it's boring to blame just Brandon Weeden, but the offensive line has played fine. In fact, that's underrating them -- they have played very well all things considered.

When a young quarterback gets pounded behind a terrible offensive line, people are generally pretty forgiving of whatever shortcomings he may show (see Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, and Ryan Tannehill). Or when a wide receiver is playing with a bad quarterback, some drop in production is expected (see Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Johnson for the last few years).

But when an offensive line is playing with the worst assortment of skill talent in the league (and without Romo, Dez Bryant, and Lance Dunbar, the Cowboys skill talent is in that discussion) that line is expected to produce exactly like it did the year before when the linemen had far better talent surrounding them?

Could Cowboys special teams coach Rich Bisaccia be a candidate for the South Carolina job? | Jon Machota, SportsDay
Bisaccia coached for six seasons in South Carolina and a few more at Clemson. His family maintains its home in South Carolina, so when Steve Spurrier recently retired, Bisaccia's name came up as a candidate for the job.