OXNARD, Calif. – “You never want to take the ‘Dez’ out of Dez,” says Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, citing the passion and energy Dez Bryant exhibits.
But Dallas does plan to keep Dez out of more work this week with a tweaked hamstring.
“Certainly you don’t want a player getting hurt celebrating, but that’s not what happened,” Garrett said answering a question about whether Thursday’s crossbar dunk celebration is tied to his tight hamstring. “He got hurt on a route. We don’t think his injury is serious.”
Dez himself has reported that same prognosis to me. So even though Bryant spent the weekend away from the action while getting treatment and watching the Blue-White Scrimmage – and this precaution may continue through Thursday’s preseason opener at San Diego – the Cowboys are putting a positive spin on the situation. Undrafted rookie Lucky Whitehead is getting a chance to move up the depth chart. Cole Beasley was a featured player in the Blue-White, excelling as he has all camp. And Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo says a forced time off for Dez might be beneficial.
You always want everyone out here,” Romo said. “At the same time, sometimes guys who have played a while, it’s not the worst thing for them to have a break.”