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Dez Bryant still targeting Oct. 25 game vs. Giants for his return

Dez Bryant had five catches in the first game of the season before injuring his foot.
Dez Bryant had five catches in the first game of the season before injuring his foot. Star-Telegram

The Dallas Cowboys remain hopeful of getting back receiver Dez Bryant for their Oct. 25 game against the New York Giants.

The star receiver fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during the season opener against the Giants. He has missed the past three games, and the Cowboys have missed him.

In the three games they have played without Bryant – the past two also were without quarterback Tony Romo – the Cowboys have averaged 268.3 passing yards per game. Terrance Williams, the team’s top wideout in Bryant’s absence, has seven catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns the past three games, including no receptions against the Atlanta Falcons.

"Dez, of course, is Superman," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan. "I say that without a smile. He heals extraordinarily quick. His procedure went well. He's sound with the procedure. Everything they did, by the way, the [bone] graft all that, it enhances his chance to get out there. I think he's got a chance to do it after the bye."

The Cowboys have stuck by the 6-8 week timeline, even though Bryant’s surgery included a bone graft. It’s the reason they chose not to put Bryant on short-term injured reserve.

Last year, defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot – the same as Bryant – and had a similar procedure that included a bone graft. He broke the bone in practice on July 30, 2014, was placed on short-term IR and returned for a Nov. 2 game.

The Cowboys have a bye next week.

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