Receiver Dez Bryant remains sidelined with a strained hamstring that has kept him out the last week of practice and Thursday’s preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers.
The Cowboys continue to maintain that the injury is not serious but they plan to remain careful with Bryant as he works his way back. He will not practice against the St. Louis Rams on Monday and Tuesday and is likely out for the Sunday’s second preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Owner Jerry Jones said he prefers Bryant on the sideline and getting in better shape after missing the entire off season in a contract dispute. Jones said the primary focus is getting Bryant ready for the Sept. 13 season opener against the New York Giants.
“There’s a lot of me that likes Dez, seriously, right where he is right now,” Jones said. “He’s really working on his conditioning. I noticed how hard they had him out here working before the practice. I like that. I don’t think we’re missing anything. Dez wants to be out here and it’s probably killing him not to be making plays. I know it is. But for our perspective, that’s working about where we want it to be. I don’t think in any way we’re going to be behind or limited as to Dez’s preparation the way it’s working right now all the way up until we play the Giants.”