Dez Bryant plays in preseason opener

Updated: August 14, 2012, 1:38 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant played in the team's 3-0 preseason-opening win over the Oakland Raiders on Monday night.

Bryant, who finished with one catch for 24 yards, had suffered a hamstring injury during Saturday's practice in Oxnard, Calif., and missed the final hour of the session. But he did participate in the Sunday morning walk-through before the team left for the Raiders game.

The Cowboys said Sunday he would be a game-time decision depending on how he felt following pregame warm-ups.

"He seemed to be fine," coach Jason Garrett said. "He moved around. No concern about him prior to the game. We were just going to see how he felt and he felt pretty good and he looked pretty good on that long play. He made a nice play over his head."

"He's like any young player," wide receivers coach Jimmy Robinson said of Bryant, who didn't speak with reporters following the game. "He's not Donald Driver, who's been playing 15 years. He's a young player that needs to play, and we had him play. He felt pretty good; it wasn't bothering him. If it was tight, he was going to let us know how it felt. If it was tight, we would err on the side of caution, but he felt good and he got a few snaps."

Hamstring injuries have bothered the Cowboys this summer.

Wide receiver Miles Austin, outside linebacker Anthony Spencer and defensive end Jason Hatcher are battling hamstring injuries and missed Monday's game.

The Cowboys were missing a total of 14 players due to injuries for the Raiders game, including projected starters center Phil Costa, nose tackle Jay Ratliff and cornerback Mike Jenkins.

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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