Dez Bryant is undergoing surgery on his foot and ankle today in New York, sources confirmed.
The Dallas Cowboys receiver is having a second bone graft on his right foot, which he fractured in the season opener, and will have a bone spur removed from his ankle.
Dr. Martin O’Malley at the Hospital for Special Surgeries is operating on Bryant.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said after Sunday’s game he expects Bryant to be ready for the off-season program in April.
“Nothing about what we might do with his ankle or additional help in his bone graft doing better, that that’s going to limit him on getting back in time for that – maybe a little early weight work. That type of thing,” Jones said.
Bryant initially injured his foot in the season opener, fracturing the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, commonly known as a Jones fracture. He missed the next five games, and had a bone graft inserted to help the healing process. Bryant also had a stem cell injection in October to enhance the healing.
Bryant returned in Week 8 against Seattle, catching two passes for 12 yards. He injured his right ankle and left knee the following week against Philadelphia on a touchdown catch.
Bryant played with both injuries the next six games before being held out two week’s ago in the team’s 16-6 loss at Buffalo. The Cowboys ended his season early last week by placing him on injured reserve before the Washington game, marking the least productive season in Bryant’s career.
Bryant, who signed a five-year, $70 million extension in July, finished the year with 31 catches for 401 yards with three touchdowns in nine games.
Jones expressed little concern about Bryant being injury-prone going forward.
“We’re talking about something here that we don’t know,” Jones said. “But no one has given me any indication at any level of our medical stuff or just in general from outside our medical staff, that he’s got an issue that would limit him going into our normal training regime – going into training camp, going into the season next year.”