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Dez Bryant says he hasn’t lost a step in month off, excited to return

Dez Bryant is ready to return to game action this Sunday night.
Dez Bryant is ready to return to game action this Sunday night. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant says it “seems like forever” since being diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his right knee following the Sept. 25 game against Chicago.

Bryant is healthy now, though, and ready to return Sunday night against Philadelphia.

“I’m excited. I get to be back with my teammates and get to be a part of the excitement,” Bryant said. “It’s just fun. I just can’t wait to get out there and have fun.”

Bryant missed three games with the injury. He practiced on a limited basis in the week leading into the Green Bay game on Oct. 16, and was limited when the team returned to practice Wednesday after the bye week.

Bryant doesn’t expect to be limited in game action.

“Oh, man, I feel like I haven’t lost a step as far as conditioning,” said Bryant, who compiled 11 catches for 150 yards and a touchdown in the first three games.

Bryant said the hairline fracture in his right knee doesn’t compare to last season when he missed five games with a broken foot.

“It’s something minor,” Bryant said of his knee injury. “This is nothing compared to the foot. You know, see me, I’m not a good exaggerator. I say what I mean. I mean what I say. It was minor. I feel good. Just can’t wait to get back out there.”

Bryant never thought his season may have been over after initial injuring his knee. He skipped scheduled MRI exams for two consecutive days afterward, a bizarre twist to the story.

But Bryant again explained his feelings about the situation Wednesday.

“I just hated the fact why it had to happen, especially when I was feeling that good,” Bryant said.

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