The Dallas Cowboy pulled out an almost incomprehensible win over the New York Giants, but it had a price. Both Dez Bryant and Randy Gregory were off the field for the end of the game when Tony Romo and Jason Witten worked a little magic, and they will be missing for a while based on initial reports.
Jason Garrett confirms broken bone in Dez's foot- out 4-6 weeks. High ankle sprain for Randy Gregory. #Cowboys— Shan Shariff (@1053SS) September 14, 2015
Dez Bryant will not likely be back until after the bye in week six of the season. He will be sorely missed, with the Cowboys only having five receivers on the 53 man roster. But the team may choose to go another route to try and cover his absence. Gavin Escobar had a couple of receptions, including the first Dallas touchdown of the game. And Lance Dunbar tied with Jason Witten for most receptions with eight and led all receivers with 80 yards, including two on the game winning final drive. Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden also were effective catching the ball. Dallas may opt to use creative personnel packages to work around Bryant's injury, or they may consider bringing Vince Mayle or Rodney Smith from the practice squad.
It is unknown what the prognosis is for Gregory, but he may miss about the same amount of time. His loss will not be as hard to work around since the team is deep along the defensive line, and some of the tackles can kick out an work on the edge. Or they may just lean on rookie Ryan Russell, who was inactive for the game.
Next man up is an unavoidable part of the NFL. The Cowboys faced a challenge, but as the win to open the season shows, they seem to find ways to rise to them.