Kevin Ogletree ready if Dez Bryant can't play
September, 16, 2011
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com
IRVING, Texas -- Wide receiver Dez Bryant is questionable to play in Sunday’s game at San Francisco after missing three straight days of practice because of a bruised thigh, which could put Kevin Ogletree in the starting lineup for the first time in his career.
Ogletree had two catches for 12 yards in the season opening loss to the New York Jets. He needs one reception to equal last year’s total.
“Kevin’s ready,” said Miles Austin, who is probable for the game with a knee injury and was limited in Friday’s practice. “He knows all the positions, inside, outside. I feel like that’s one of the things a bunch of the receivers know, is all the positions. He’s definitely going to be ready if someone can’t go.”
Ogletree was never seriously challenged for the No. 3 receiver role behind Austin and Bryant and finished the preseason with three catches for 34 yards. If Bryant cannot play, then Jesse Holley and rookie Dwayne Harris would move up a spot on the receiver depth chart.
Harris is likely to take over the punt return duty even if Bryant manages to play. He averaged 8.5 yards on two returns vs. the Jets.