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Thursday, May 9, 2013
Dez Bryant, Sean Lee 'ready to go'

By Calvin Watkins
ESPNDallas.com

Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (finger) and inside linebacker Sean Lee (toe) each said Wednesday that their health is fine and they should be ready for the coming season.

"I'm ready to go," Bryant, who broke an index finger catching a pass in a victory at Cincinnati in December, said from a charity event at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Bryant bypassed surgery because the Cowboys were in the playoff picture. After Bryant suffered the broken finger, there was no letdown. He caught 17 passes for 354 yards with three touchdowns.

"It's never going to be normal, but I promise you, it's never going to be an issue," said Bryant, who underwent surgery after the season. "I'm ready to go and catch some footballs. I actually feel like I've been catching better with the finger problem."

Lee's season ended in October when he tore a ligament in his toe in the third quarter of a victory at Carolina and was placed on injured reserve.

"Toe is ready to go," Lee said. "Pretty much 100 percent. I'll be pretty much able to go through all the [organized team activities]. It's getting better every week; other than some soreness after practice, I'm pretty much 100 percent. You're going to feel that soreness right up until camp, it's really progressing really well."

Before his season ended, Lee had tied a Cowboys record for most combined tackles in a game (21) and put up three games with at least 14 tackles. When Lee went down, then-defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said the team had lost its brains.

Bryant also suffered severe back spasms in the regular-season finale at Washington and had to use a wheelchair so he could get to the team bus after the game. He said the recovery from the back issue took "a little bit longer than I thought, but the back isn't an issue now. It's all about getting to OTA and trying to help all the younger guys and make sure everybody is on the same page."