Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant limped off the practice field Monday and was sent for an MRI on his knee. Per Todd Archer at ESPNDallas.com, the diagnosis is patella tendinitis and the prescription is rest. While Todd reports that there's no word yet on whether Bryant can play in either of the Cowboys' final two preseason games, the news is as good as the Cowboy could have hoped -- no ligament damage and no mention of surgery.
I certainly don't see any point in rushing Bryant back to play in preseason games. With tight end Jason Witten already a question mark for the Sept. 5 regular-season opener due to a spleen injury, and wide receiver Miles Austin 0n the shelf with a hamstring injury, quarterback Tony Romo is running low on passing-game targets. Injuries like these highlight the point I keep making about the Cowboys -- that they're not deep enough in general or strong enough in other areas to weather serious injuries to their offensive stars. The offensive line, the pass rush and the defense in general are all question marks to a certain extent. What's not a question mark for the Cowboys -- and what cannot be, if they hope to contend -- is the quality of the players they have on the field at quarterback, wide receiver and tight end. The Cowboys' priority for the rest of the preseason should be to make sure those guys get through the next couple of weeks without anything bad happening to their health.