Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is on schedule in his rehab following off-season surgery and he’s motivated to have a big return next season.
“I’m doing good,” Bryant said. “I’ve got a chip on my shoulder. It’s going to be good.”
Bryant was limited to nine games last season after breaking his right foot in the season opener. He had surgery last September to have a screw implanted in his foot again after the season when he had bone graft and bone chips removed from his ankle.
He caught a career-low 31 passes for 401 yards and three touchdowns, while the Cowboys finished 4-12.
Bryant missed the entire off-season in a contract dispute and then the majority of training camp with a strained hamstring.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett believes last season’s experience will be a source of growth and inspiration for Bryant.
“I think we all grow and learn from the success we have and the adversity we have. Dez is no different,” Garrett said. “He was away from our team for a lot of the off-season because of the contract situation. When he came back he got banged up and ultimately got hurt and missed a lot of time for us.
“Dez loves to play. He’s a great competitor, he wants to be out there practicing, he wants to be out there playing. But last year he wasn’t able to do that. I think he’ll reflect back on it and in the end will appreciate this experience because he will be better for it as a person and better for it as a player.”