The Cowboys left a sliver of hope that Dez Bryant will return to the lineup this week, but after not practicing all week, the star receiver likely misses his fifth game.
Bryant worked on the side during practice this week, rehabbing his fractured right foot. He has never practiced with new quarterback Matt Cassel, acquired in a Sept. 22 trade with the Bills.
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The Cowboys list Bryant as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants, officially giving him a 75 percent chance of not playing.
Bryant fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during the season opener against the Giants. He had surgery, which included a bone graft, on Sept. 14.
The Cowboys gave a 6-8 week timeline for his return.
Two weeks ago, Bryant traveled to Colorado for a procedure in which bone marrow stem cells from his hip were injected into his ankle to speed his recovery.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said earlier in the week that Bryant is running and cutting. But Bryant has yet to return to practice.
While the Cowboys, who are on a three-game losing streak, need Bryant, they also want to make sure Bryant is fully healed and in football shape. He missed all of the offseason while seeking a new contract and missed much of training camp and all of the preseason games with a hamstring injury.
Tight end James Hanna, who was limited in practice all week, is questionable with an ankle injury. He has been inactive because of injuries for two games this season.
The other five players on the team’s injury report, including defensive ends Randy Gregory and Greg Hardy, are probable. Hardy returned to practice Friday and was a full participant after an illness kept him out Thursday. Gregory, who has missed the past four games with a high right ankle sprain, practiced in full all week.