Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the team will likely hold receiver Dez Bryant out of Saturday’s preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings at AT&T Stadium.
Bryant has been limited in training camp since suffering a strained hamstring Aug. 6. The Cowboys kept him out of the first two preseason games.
But coach Jason Garrett said as late as Thursday that they hoped to get Bryant some action against the Vikings, in what is considered the team’s dress rehearsal for the season.
"Dez has been practicing and not practicing over the last few weeks coming off a hamstring injury, so we’re hopeful that Dez will play,” Garrett said as the team ended training camp on Thursday.
One day later, the Cowboys have decided to continue to err on the side of caution with Bryant, per Jones. If Jones doesn’t play against the Vikings that means he will miss the entire preseason.
The Cowboys don’t let their starters play at all in the final preseason game, set for Sept. 3 against the Houston Texans, meaning that Bryant won’t get on the field until the Sept. 13 season opener against the New York Giants.
“I’m not so sure we’re satisfied that it’s necessary for him to extend that [hamstring] that he’s got, since he did extend it with probably a suddenness that had he probably been out there for longer periods of time, he might not have had that happen,” Jones said on his radio show on 105.3 The Fan Friday morning. “Let’s give him the rest. We don’t have to have him [Saturday] night. That’s the way I would look at it, and do look at it.”