Injury report: No worries about Dez Bryant's absence


OXNARD, Calif. -- Wide receiver Dez Bryant sat out a third consecutive day with a sore hip, missing the Dallas Cowboys' eighth practice of training camp.

The injury isn't considered serious, given how Bryant worked on individual drills Sunday but didn't participate in the team portions of practice. Bryant brought his helmet to practice and played catch with whoever was available Monday.

After practice, he spent a good 10 minutes playing catch with Brett Bech, the Cowboys' assistant strength and conditioning coach.

"That could be a good thing for someone like Dez and Miles [Austin], who run a lot," quarterback Tony Romo said about Bryant's absence from practice due to health reasons. "We put a big emphasis on running and really running a lot more than most teams do at the wide receiver position. Both guys do it and push themselves every single day; it's not easy. I think it can be a good thing for them to get their legs back for a day or two and then they can push it again. In Dez's case, I think he has some soreness; it will be a couple-of-days thing, so I think he'll be fine."

  • Safety Barry Church (tooth), defensive end Cameron Sheffield (groin), Ike Igbinosun (lower leg), Jay Ratliff (hamstring), Cole Beasley (quad), Ryan Cook (back), Ray Dominguez (unknown), Mackenzy Bernadeau (hamstring), Demetress Bell (conditioning), Jermey Parnell (hamstring), Danny Coale (knee) and James Hanna (hamstring) missed practice.