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As expected, Dez Bryant is active after three-game layoff

As expected, Dez Bryant is active for tonight’s game after a three-game layoff.
As expected, Dez Bryant is active for tonight’s game after a three-game layoff. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Dez Bryant is officially back for the Dallas Cowboys.

As expected, Bryant is active for tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium.

Bryant has missed the past three games with a hairline fracture in his right knee that he said has completed healed. The Cowboys wanted to be cautious with Bryant returning from this injury he sustained during the Sept. 25 game against Chicago.

Bryant felt he could have played two weeks ago at Green Bay, but the organization opted to sit him with the bye week coming up.

Bryant said earlier in the week that he would be ready to go and was looking forward to the matchup against the Eagles. After all, Bryant has averaged about 100 receiving yards and a TD in his career against them.

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

Bryant was listed as limited in practice each day this week, but only sat out minimal team drills, coach Jason Garrett said.

Bryant said he “hasn’t lost a step as far as conditioning,” and didn’t feel he would have to be on a snap count in tonight’s game.

In the opening three games, Bryant had 11 catches for 150 yards and a touchdown.

Cornerback Orlando Scandrick is also active for tonight’s game after dealing with hamstring strains in both legs.

Among the most notable inactive player includes swing tackle Chaz Green (foot), who returned to practice on a limited basis this week. Emmett Cleary will handle those duties again, although if something were to happen to right tackle Doug Free or left tackle Tyron Smith, the Cowboys would likely adjust the line in another way.

The rest of the inactives: quarterback Tony Romo (back), defensive end Ryan Davis (hamstring), running backs Lance Dunbar (knee) and Darius Jackson, safety Kavon Frazier and linebacker Mark Nzeocha.

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