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Dez Bryant might be the Cowboys’ best punt returner, but he won’t win the job

Dallas Cowboys special teams coach Rich Bisaccia laughs with wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) during practice Friday.
Dallas Cowboys special teams coach Rich Bisaccia laughs with wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) during practice Friday. Star-Telegram

The Cowboys have Lucky Whitehead, Lance Dunbar, Nick Harwell and Cole Beasley trying to win the punt return job vacated by Dwayne Harris. The regular punt returner will not be Dez Bryant, who caught some returns during the walk-through Saturday.

The Cowboys have no interest in exposing their star receiver to the dangers of the punt return team.

“Dez is always back there catching punts,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s done that throughout his career. He really likes doing it, and he certainly has some game-breaking ability. Typically, when you have a guy like that, you want to keep him on one side of the ball or the other, but he is one of those guys you want to put back there and keep him in your back pocket if you need him.”

Bryant has not returned a punt the past two seasons. He had 15 returns and two touchdowns his rookie season, 15 returns his second season and 12 returns his third season. His career average is 9.1

Bryant’s rookie season ended with a fractured right fibula on a 21-yard kickoff return against the Colts. He has returned only three kickoffs since.

Charean Williams, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @NFLCharean

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