Dez Bryant looking to return punts

Updated: November 18, 2011, 5:49 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- The sagging Dallas Cowboys' return game might get a boost from Dez Bryant and Felix Jones.

Bryant said he might lobby to return punts in Sunday's game at Washington.

"I think I am this week," Bryant said after Friday's practice. "'Cause I'm feeling it."

This is the healthiest Bryant has felt all season since suffering a thigh contusion in the Week 1 loss to the New York Jets.

Bryant has returned just four punts for 27 yards this season; last season, he returned two punts for touchdowns.

He would also like to return kicks, but that job could go to Jones, who should make his return Sunday after a four-game absence from a left high-ankle sprain.

Coach Jason Garrett said the team is looking at Jones to return kickoffs, along with Kevin Ogletree and Akwasi Owusu-Ansah.

Jones hasn't returned kicks since 2009 but has a career 24.2 average.

There are also no guarantees the Cowboys let Bryant work on special teams. He suffered his injury on a punt return and the team has been very cautious in using him there.

"It's 50-50," Bryant said.

On the season, the Cowboys are ranked 28th in punt returns and 27th in kick returns.

Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com.

Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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