Bryant won't return punts in preseason

August, 5, 2011
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SAN ANTONIO -- When the Cowboys open the preseason, don't expect Dez Bryant to return punts.

Special teams coach Joe DeCamillis said he wants to evaluate some other return men in the preseason starting Thursday night when the Cowboys take on the Denver Broncos.

"I don't think we will need him back there," DeCamillis said after Friday's practice.

Last season, Bryant returned 15 punts for 215 yards and two touchdowns. He scored on a 93-yarder vs. the New York Giants and a 62-yard burst vs. the Chicago Bears.

Rookie receiver Dwayne Harris, safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah and corner Bryan McCann will field punts in the preseason opener.

Bryant won't return kickoffs, either.

Titus Ryan, Harris, Owusu-Ansah and McCann will field kicks. DeCamillis said he would like to see rookie running back DeMarco Murray return kicks, but he's still recovering from a hamstring injury.

Owusu-Ansah led the Cowboys in kick returns with 25 for 543 yards in 2010. There were no touchdowns from the return unit that averaged 21.2 overall last season, 23rd in the NFL. The Cowboys did, however, have 41 returns of 20 or more yards, ranking seventh.
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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