Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Dez Bryant will play “if he’s healthy,” but the star receiver still has not practiced this week.
“Like with everybody, his situation will be strictly a medical decision,” Garrett said Thursday. “If he’s healthy and ready to play, he’ll play. If he’s not, he won’t.”
Bryant was not at practice Thursday for the portion open to the media, and Garrett said he did not anticipate Bryant practicing.
Bryant’s injury is not new, the coach said. It’s related to the fractured fifth metatarsal in Bryant’s right foot, which required surgery after the season opener.
“He’s been dealing with this injury here for the last few weeks, both the foot and the ankle,” Garrett said. “Based on how it was feeling yesterday, he wasn’t able to practice. Again, we’ll take his situation day by day.”
Bryant missed five games after undergoing surgery, returning for the Seahawks game Nov. 1. He had been a full participant in practice since Dec. 4 before missing Wednesday.
Bryant has 31 receptions for 401 yards and three touchdowns this season. He has not had much work with new starting quarterback Kellen Moore, who played 40 snaps against the Jets last week.
Receiver Cole Beasley, who missed Wednesday’s practice with an illness, was back on the field for the start of practice Thursday. Cornerback Morris Claiborne (hamstring) was stretching with the team, as he did Wednesday.