Dez Bryant won’t suit up for the Cowboys in today’s game against the 49ers, as expected.
The team announced that Bryant would be inactive for today’s game and that Brice Butler would start in his spot.
Bryant has been diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his right knee, something that kept him out of practice all week. Bryant sustained the injury early in last week’s game against the Bears.
Bryant created a stir this week when he missed scheduled MRI exams early in the week, and didn’t get his injury fully examined until Wednesday.
Bryant has 11 catches for 150 yards and one touchdown through three games this season. He missed seven games last season, dealing with foot, knee and ankle injuries. Butler has only one catch for 16 yards this season, and has been targeted four times.
Also missing Sunday for the Cowboys will be left tackle Tyron Smith. Smith, who is dealing with a back injury, is missing his second straight game. Smith had started 55 straight games before being sidelined against the Bears last week.
Swing tackle Chaz Green will fill in for Smith. Green played well in his absence, as the Cowboys O-line did not allow a sack a week ago.
The Cowboys will also be without left guard La’el Collins, who injured his right big toe. Collins is expected to be out for at least a few weeks with veteran guard Ron Leary filling in his place.
Cornerback Orlando Scandrick (hamstring) is out for the second straight week. Rookie Anthony Brown will be the nickel corner today.
The rest of the inactives: quarterback Tony Romo (back) and healthy scratches in running back Darius Jackson and linebacker Mark Nzeocha.