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Report: Dez Bryant Could Be Out Longer Than Expected; 10-12 Weeks Suggested

Latest reports indicate Dez Bryant could be out until December. What would a Sunday morning be without some attention-grabbing NFL headlines?

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Sunday morning is when the various NFL shows try to present their juiciest content, as this is when they'll attract the most viewers and clicks. Including some breaking news about the Cowboys is almost mandatory if you want to drive up ratings for your show. These Sunday morning traffic generators are often subsequently denied by the principals involved once they are awake, but by then the traffic has been generated and it's time to move on to the next 'breaking news' story.

It is against this backdrop that we have come to view these Sunday morning reports with a wary eye, and it's no different with today's news, which may or may not prove to be true. Ian Rapoport reported this morning on NFL Network that Dez Bryant is expected to miss 10-12 weeks after undergoing bone graft surgery on his foot on Monday.

In an acccompanying story on NFL.com Rapoport explains why Dez could be out until December:

Bryant, who broke a small bone in his foot late during the opening win over the Giants, actually needed a bone graft during the surgery that took place last Monday, according to sources informed of his procedure. So instead of a four-to-six week recovery as the team had hoped, Bryant faces a 10-12 week timeframe.

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One surgeon well-versed in the procedure explained a bone graft can be used to help the bone heal if there is a chronic component to the injury -- if it's an issue the player has had before. If this injury was a straight-forward "Jones fracture" it wouldn't need a bone graft.

According to the surgeon, who did not examine Bryant [emphasis added], the use of the bone graft indicates the doctor was worried enough about the bone healing by itself that the decision was made to add to the procedure.

Jason Garrett initially put Bryant's recovery time at four to six weeks, subsequent reports based on unnamed sources put the recovery time at four to eight weeks. Today's report ups that number to 10-12 weeks. Whatever the number ultimately ends up being, it's probably best to focus on the players the Cowboys have available, not the ones that are unavailable - and to best avoid the craziness all together.

Now excuse me while I go listen to Nirvana's "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter."

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