Dez Bryant sounds like he plans on playing Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.
“Just know I had a great day at practice,” Bryant said as he walked through the locker room afterward. “I had a great day. You should have seen me in one-on-ones.”
The Cowboys officially list Bryant as limited in Thursday’s practice, the same as Wednesday. But the star receiver did more Thursday, according to offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.
Bryant even participated in some of the team’s 11-on-11 work.
“I think he did a little bit more,” Linehan said. “We kind of count the reps at the end of the day, but it feels like he did a little bit more to me.”
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.
Without Bryant, the Cowboys are 1-4, while averaging 18.8 points and 216 passing yards. Their only 300-yard passing game came in the season opener – a 356-yard day against the Giants -- with Tony Romo and Bryant on the field together the only time this year. Romo was injured in Week 2 against the Eagles and won’t return until at least the Nov. 22 game against the Dolphins.
“It’s great to get him back out there,” tight end Jason Witten said. “It feels like it’s been so long, not only for his foot, but prior to that being hurt. So any time you get a guy like that out there on the field, just having his smile and the energy that he brings, it was great for our team and good for our offense. We look forward to see him going every day. It seems like he’s doing more and more. Great to have him back out there.”
The Cowboys remain hopeful Bryant will return Sunday, though it might take him a couple of games to get back into football condition. He played in only 48 of 70 snaps in the opener before being injured. That after missing the offseason while seeking a new contract and then sitting out much of training camp and all of the preseason with a hamstring injury.
“I have no idea what the plan exactly is going to be for playing time, if, when, what,” Linehan said. “We’ve still got another practice to see how he responds. He got some work done today. Making progress. It’s great to have him out there. He brings a lot of energy and juice to the practice for sure.”
Cornerback Morris Claiborne missed practice with an illness. Running back Joseph Randle (back) and safety Barry Church (ankle) also missed Thursday’s practice.
Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (back) returned to practice on a limited basis.
“I’m great,” Lawrence said. “I’m good to go. It just tightened up to me. I’ll be OK.”
Receiver Brice Butler (hamstring) was limited again, and tight end James Hanna (ankle) practiced in full.