Dez Bryant expects to play Sunday despite sprained foot

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The Dallas Cowboys got good news Tuesday when the MRI exam on Dez Bryant’s injured foot showed only a mild sprain.

Bryant might be limited in practice this week, but the Cowboys expect him to play Sunday at Kansas City.

The big question is what impact Bryant will have after making only four catches for 22 yards in the season opener against a New York Giants defense focused on stopping him.

It’s part of the new world order that Bryant will have to deal with for the rest of his career, said coach Jason Garrett.

Known for his volatility in the past, Bryant handled the situation well after the game, saying all the right things and expressing happiness with the Cowboys’ victory and patience that his time will come.

Owner Jerry Jones is taking a wait-and-see approach toward Bryant’s newfound maturity and possible contract extension.

Jones said Bryant has made strides overcoming bad times the first three years of his career — most of his own doing — but now he must prove he can handle success.

“You’ve got to be able to deal with your frustration and failure as well as your successes,” Jones said. “He has probably got more success than setback coming. And if he can deal with that, which can be harder to deal with than failure, then we will see.”

Bryant’s contract is up at the end of next season. With Bryant coming off a breakout season in 2012 and expecting to put up even bigger numbers in 2013, there has been talk of the Cowboys possibly locking him up with a long-term deal before the end of the season.

The team doesn’t have the salary cap space to do something now, but the off-season leading to his contract year could be different.

Jones didn’t even want to explore the conversation.

“I don’t talk about it,” Jones said.

Faked out

Weakside linebacker Bruce Carter liked the result from the Cowboys’ first game defensively, but he said the linebackers got worked over by play-action and guard pulls from the Giants and quarterback Eli Manning.

“[Manning’s] able to read coverages real well,” Carter said. “We tried to disguise stuff we were running. I thought he still did a great job.”

Manning threw for 450 yards and four touchdowns, and posted a 102.3 passer rating.

“We just need to work on our drops,” Carter said. “Couple a times, we got sucked up on play-action. We just need to hurry up and get out of there, out of the stack.”

Line reads also got the Cowboys, Carter said.

“Once you are able to pull or have a puller come a certain way and we’re reading it or keying it, we get sucked up and they’ll throw the ball right over our heads,” he said.

Quick pick

DeMarcus Ware’s interception on the first play of the game against the Giants left teammates marveling at his athletic ability and instincts.

“He has all that great athleticism to do whatever he wants,” linebacker Sean Lee said.

Ware sniffed out a screen pass to David Wilson to make the interception.

“Most guys would have run upfield, but he read the screen,” defensive tackle Jason Hatcher said. “Unbelievable. But you know, you expect stuff like that from D-Ware. He’s just a freak.”

Dunbar’s view

Lance Dunbar had to watch the season opener. It was not something he enjoyed, but he knows it was for his own good.

“I wanted to be out there and be part of that,” the second-year running back said. “I’ll get back this week and be ready to contribute.”

Dunbar has been out since spraining his foot in the third preseason game at Arizona. He started conditioning work Monday.

Roster move

The Cowboys released safety Eric Frampton from the injured reserve list Tuesday.

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