While owner Jerry Jones continues to target Sunday’s game against the New York Giants for the possible return of wide receiver Dez Bryant, coach Jason Garrett remains beholden to a deliberate rehab process.
Garrett is hopeful that Bryant’s fractured foot will be ready for the Giants game, but he makes no guarantees about the game or even practice this week.
According to Garrett, Bryant needs to be able to do something in practice in order to play Sunday.
“We don’t put these things down like the Magna Carta and say, ‘These are all the different standards that we have for Dez. This is what his standard is for this day and for this day and for this day’,” Garrett said. “We have an objective. We want to get him back on the football field as quickly as we can. We have different processes we’ll go through to help get him there.”
“We’re going to see how he’s doing. He’s made a lot of progress in the last few weeks.”
Garrett acknowledges Bryant’s progress since undergoing surgery Sept. 14 to repair a fractured bone in his foot.
The Cowboys will conduct their first full practice Wednesday, but Garrett doesn’t know if Bryant will be a full participant.
What Bryant does Wednesday and/or Thursday will play a key role in the decision, Jones said.
“It totally depends on how he’s doing,” Jones said on his radio show on KRLD/105.3 FM. “He had a good end of the week last week. He got in some really good work; didn’t have much negative response from that work. It was strenuous work, the kind that if he can step out here and have a couple really good days of practice, you could see him on go.”
Jones said Bryant will make the ultimate decision.
Garrett, however, said that decision will be a collaborative effort between Bryant, the medical staff and the coaches.
There were only two things that worried Matt Cassel heading into his first start as Cowboys quarterback Sunday: His pregnant wife Lauren and the imminent birth of their fourth child.
The bye weekend came at the right time for Cassel.
Clayton Cassel was born Saturday, allowing the happy quarterback to be present for the birth, get in a little extra work for the Giants game and avoid having his wife induce labor.
“He had a huge smile on his face and was really pleased with the timing of everything,” Garrett said. “Worked out well. They did not induce, but I think they suggested firmly, and it all worked out.”
Rookie defensive end Randy Gregory had an impressive debut in the season opener against the Giants with three pressures. However, that lasted only 19 plays before he exited with a high right ankle sprain that has sidelined him for four games.
Gregory, however, is ready to return to practice Wednesday and is expected play Sunday in New York.
The Cowboys released linebacker Dakorey Johnson and Stephen F. Austin running back Gus Johnson from the practice squad Tuesday. The club signed linebacker Darius Eubanks and defensive tackle Casey Walker to the practice squad.