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Cowboys' Dez Bryant Injured, Out for Remainder of Camp

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Dallas Cowboys’ rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant has been all over the news this past week. His incident regarding rookie traditions and what was expected has been the highlight of the Cowboys’ organization as of late.

Now, Bryant has injured his ankle and mill miss the remainder of training camp and possibly the entire preseason after being diagnosed with a high right ankle sprain. The injury occurred on the second-to-last play of practice on Friday and owner Jerry Jones has some questions as to why he was participating so late in the practice.

“It was really disappointing and it really causes you to … ask what can you do, what can you do in practices that can mitigate some of the exposure to some of these injuries,” Jones told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

Bryant originally slightly injured his ankle at practice earlier this week but missed just one or two reps while getting it retaped. Jones told Mortensen that the star receiver had been returning punts and kickoffs, as well as running routes with both the first and second teams. Fatigue could have contributed to his injury on Friday according to Jones.

“The key thing is you ask yourself, ‘Are we pushing him too hard; does it happen at the end of practice when the players are tired?’ ” said Jones, who added, “We all know now when you get a little tired you can get injured.”

Bryant’s injury occurred after backup quarterback Jon Kitna threw a pass slightly behind him on a crossing route and corner back Orlando Scandrick landed on Bryant’s leg after breaking up the pass.

“I guess he just rolled his ankle,” Scandrick said. “I batted the ball away. I was just competing for the ball and I think his ankle was already bothering him a little bit.”

The Cowboys now are faced with their top three picks injured. Linebacker Sean Lee, a second round pick, is sidelined with strained quadriceps. Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, a fourth round pick, is recovering from shoulder surgery in March and is not yet cleared to practice.

Bryant was the 24th overall pick by Dallas and has done very well in the first couple of practices of training camp. He is expected to build upon an offense that was second in the NFL in overall offense. Missing time during training camp will be huge as Bryant will not get ample time to gel with his new team and become more familiar with his new offense and surrounding cast, especially quarterback Tony Romo.

“You don’t like them to miss,” Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said. “We do have an extra week [of training camp], which [Bryant] has taken advantage of, being here and learning all those things. He’s actually done real well as far as assignments are concerned.”

The Cowboys will enter the 2010 NFL season with odds set at 10/1 to win Super Bowl XLV in 2011 according to NFL sportsbooks.

Dallas Cowboys’ rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant has been all over the news this past week. His incident regarding rookie traditions and what was expected has been the highlight of the Cowboys’ organization as of late.

Now, Bryant has injured his ankle and mill miss the remainder of training camp and possibly the entire preseason after being diagnosed with a high right ankle sprain. The injury occurred on the second-to-last play of practice on Friday and owner Jerry Jones has some questions as to why he was participating so late in the practice.

“It was really disappointing and it really causes you to … ask what can you do, what can you do in practices that can mitigate some of the exposure to some of these injuries,” Jones told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

Bryant originally slightly injured his ankle at practice earlier this week but missed just one or two reps while getting it retaped. Jones told Mortensen that the star receiver had been returning punts and kickoffs, as well as running routes with both the first and second teams. Fatigue could have contributed to his injury on Friday according to Jones.

“The key thing is you ask yourself, ‘Are we pushing him too hard; does it happen at the end of practice when the players are tired?’ ” said Jones, who added, “We all know now when you get a little tired you can get injured.”

Bryant’s injury occurred after backup quarterback Jon Kitna threw a pass slightly behind him on a crossing route and corner back Orlando Scandrick landed on Bryant’s leg after breaking up the pass.

“I guess he just rolled his ankle,” Scandrick said. “I batted the ball away. I was just competing for the ball and I think his ankle was already bothering him a little bit.”

The Cowboys now are faced with their top three picks injured. Linebacker Sean Lee, a second round pick, is sidelined with strained quadriceps. Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, a fourth round pick, is recovering from shoulder surgery in March and is not yet cleared to practice.

Bryant was the 24th overall pick by Dallas and has done very well in the first couple of practices of training camp. He is expected to build upon an offense that was second in the NFL in overall offense. Missing time during training camp will be huge as Bryant will not get ample time to gel with his new team and become more familiar with his new offense and surrounding cast, especially quarterback Tony Romo.

“You don’t like them to miss,” Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said. “We do have an extra week [of training camp], which [Bryant] has taken advantage of, being here and learning all those things. He’s actually done real well as far as assignments are concerned.”

The Cowboys will enter the 2010 NFL season with odds set at 10/1 to win Super Bowl XLV in 2011 according to NFL sportsbooks.