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Dez Bryant to undergo MRI on his sprained right knee

Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) sprained his right knee, but still caught three passes for 40 yards and a touchdown.
Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) sprained his right knee, but still caught three passes for 40 yards and a touchdown.

Dez Bryant will have an MRI on his right knee Monday. The Cowboys believe it’s only a sprain as Bryant returned after sitting out five plays, but the star receiver will undergo further tests as a precaution.

“We feel OK,” owner Jerry Jones said. “We’re going to do some others things too. But right here, yes. Right now, we’re fine. We’ll give it another look-see with the MRI.”

Bryant never played fully healthy last season, missing seven games with a foot injury that twice required surgery. He also had ankle and knee injuries he played through.

Bryant was injured on the second play of the game when his leg got caught underneath linebacker Christian Jones. Bryant returned, though, to catch two more passes, including a 17-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

“I saw how the knee took it. That was a little concerning,” Jones said. “I did see him moving around, but I saw Michael Irvin -- I’ll never forget that -- go back out and play [after a knee injury]. Let’s just see how the MRI goes. We’ve got what we’ve seen in here, and that’s not something I would be alarmed about.”

Bryant, who did not speak to the media because of treatment, finished with three catches for 40 yards and a touchdown.

“He was out for a little bit, but then he was able to come back,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “The slant for the touchdown was a big play in the game.”

The Cowboys played without left tackle Tyron Smith, and they lost left guard La’el Collins during the game. Smith’s back led to his being inactive, and Chaz Green started in his place.

Collins sat out the second half with an injury to his great right toe. He will undergo an MRI on Monday.

“We’ll look at the MRI tomorrow,” Jones said. “It is a concern, but hopefully it won’t keep him out too long. But anytime you deal with that great toe, then you have a concern.” 

 

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