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Dez Bryant receives therapeutic injection to aid his recovery from foot surgery

Dez Bryant, left, chats with Tony Romo on the sideline of the Falcons game. The Cowboys miss their two offensive stars.
Dez Bryant, left, chats with Tony Romo on the sideline of the Falcons game. The Cowboys miss their two offensive stars. AP

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he doesn’t know when Dez Bryant will return, but a therapeutic injection the receiver had late last week will help in his rehab.

“It will do two things: It has the potential to improve the healing time, but more important gives him and everyone more confidence,” Jones said. “When he comes back, at whatever the time is, [Bryant’s right foot] will be sounder, and I think that was the overriding reason for doing it. It will be sounder, even if he kept the same timeframe, it could easily speed it up, but if not, what you’re always going to be worried about, whether it’s him, Romo, or whether it’s Gregory, well If you wait another week maybe you’ve got less chance of reinjuring it or basically rushing it; that will give us more peace of mind on rushing it.”

Bryant, 26, fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during the season opener against the Giants. He had surgery, which included a bone graft, on Sept. 14.

Bryant traveled to Colorado late last week for a procedure in which bone marrow stem cells from his hip were injected into his ankle to speed his recovery.

Doctors gave Bryant a 6-8 week timeline for a return, with the Giants game on Oct. 25 as the target.

“It would be a complete guess [whether Bryant can play against the Giants], but he certainly has the time for the bone to heal,” Jones said. “…I feel the procedure and how he’s doing gives us a good feeling that if we feel like he can handle the sensitivity of the heal, then you feel like you aren’t being too aggressive in letting him get back out there. That’s the big thing. Everybody thought better about him coming back in this time.”

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