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Thursday, September 26, 2013
Bryant could have big game vs. Chargers

By Calvin Watkins

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant might be without some of his main partners in the offense with Miles Austin (hamstring) and Dwayne Harris (hip) nursing injuries ahead of Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers.

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It could lead the Chargers to attack Bryant with double coverages, something the Giants did in Week 1. Bryant then saw single coverage in Week 2 loss to Kansas City, and a mixture in last week's victory over St. Louis.

The Chargers last week against Tennessee played off coverage, leading to some big plays. The Chargers' pass defense is ranked last in the NFL, allowing 340.7 yards per game, and they are the only team in the NFL that has allowed more than 1,000 passing yards.

Bryant could be poised for a big day.

"I don’t really pay attention to it," Bryant said after Thursday's practice, referring to the Chargers' pass-defense rankings. "We go out and practice and watch them on film and try to see their weakness and attack them."

Bryant has practiced without too much difficulty the last two days from a physical standpoint. He was dealing with a sore back last week, but treatment from the team massage therapist has worked out any issues and he wasn't listed on the injury report this week.

If Bryant does feel good, that's a good sign for the Cowboys, who need one of their main offensive threats healthy. Through three games, Bryant is tied for 24th in receptions (17) and tied for 32nd in receiving yards (201).

"It feels great and I've had two full days of practices underneath my belt and it feels good to get 100 [percent]," Bryant said. "[It's] not always good when you don’t feel that good, [you] just stay on top of it."