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Thursday, September 22, 2011
Dez Bryant hasn't had a setback

By Tim MacMahon

IRVING, Texas -- It’s been 11 days since Dez Bryant suffered a bruised thigh. He still hasn’t practiced.

The injury hasn’t gotten worse since Bryant limped through the final three quarters of the season opener, when he was shut out after catching three passes for 71 yards and a score during the first two series. It just hasn’t improved enough for Bryant to get back on the field.

"I don't think he had any setback,” coach Jason Garrett said. “I think everyone was hopeful and optimistic because it was a thigh contusion, but again the degree of the injury is really the issue. It really swelled up on him soon after that game. He didn't have very much flexibility at all all throughout last week.

“We were all hopeful and optimistic, but it's just been a progression. I think it's gotten better as the days have gone by."

The only running Bryant, who isn’t limping noticeably when he walks, has done since the injury occurred when he was working out before Sunday’s game in San Francisco. That session didn’t last long before the Cowboys determined that he wouldn’t be able to play.

Owner Jerry Jones has said that Bryant doesn’t need to practice to play in a game, but the receiver’s odds of playing against the Redskins won’t look good if he’s not on the practice field Friday.