Dez Bryant shows no ill effects from hamstring


OAKLAND -- Dez Bryant was bouncing around and running with a burst in pregame warmups Monday night, apparently satisfying the Dallas Cowboys' concerns about his hamstring.

Bryant, who had to leave practice early Saturday because of tightness and was a game-time decision, made a leaping 24-yard catch in the first quarter of the Cowboys' 3-0 win over the Oakland Raiders.

"He did a great job," quarterback Tony Romo said. "He’s had a great camp. He’s going to have a great year this year."

Three starters -- Anthony Spencer, Jason Hatcher and Miles Austin -- sat out with hamstring issues. The Cowboys have made it a point to be cautious with hamstring injuries and have encouraged communication between the players and staff knowing those types of injuries can linger for weeks.

"He seemed to be fine," coach Jason Garrett said of Bryant. "He moved around; no concern about him prior to the game. We were just going to see how he felt, and he felt pretty good and he looked pretty good on that long play. He made a nice play over his head."

Bryant, who didn't speak with reporters, had to battle through some nagging injuries in 2011, among them a thigh bruise suffered on a punt return. The Dallas coaches and trainers are also trying to get him to save some of his energy for games. During breaks in practice, or even during warmups when he's not doing a drill, Bryant can be seen playing catch with another receiver or someone from the equipment staff.

"He's like any young player," wide receivers coach Jimmy Robinson said. "He's not Donald Driver, whose been playing 15 years. He's a young player that needs to play, and we had him play. He felt pretty good; it wasn’t bothering him. If it was tight he was going to let us know how it felt. If it was tight we would err on the side of caution, but he felt good and he got a few snaps."