Dez Bryant won't need an injection

September, 22, 2013
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IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant dealt with a sore back during practice this week and there was a thought he might need a pain injection to play in Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams.

A source said Bryant doesn't need a shot in his back and should be fine for the game.

Bryant has dealt with back issues in the past. He took a hit to his back in the 2012 regular-season finale and needed a wheelchair to leave the stadium because he was in so much pain. Bryant said the back issues he suffered in the Week 2 loss at Kansas City are different.

He didn't seek outside medical help. Instead he used the Cowboys' trainers, including their massage therapist, after practices to get the back loosened up. Bryant did some light jogging early last week in practices, and by the time Friday arrived, he was a full participant.

Yet, to have a back problem in back-to-back seasons, no matter how serious, should be concenring.

"No concern," Bryant said. "I got hit in my back. That’s what happened. If you take a blow to the back the way I took a blow to the back, you’re probably going to feel the same way I feel."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.
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