Cowboys Lose Dez Bryant For 4-6 Weeks to Broken Foot
Despite surviving a crazy game against the hated New York Giants, the immediate future looks murky for the Dallas Cowboys. Per reports, star wide receiver Dez Bryant suffered a broken foot in the week one win and could miss up to 4-6 weeks.
Per Dallas owner Jerry Jones, Bryant needs surgery on the foot and will be out about a month. The injury is specifically dealing with the fifth metatarsal in Bryant’s right foot. Bryant is expected to undergo surgery and could be back as soon as four weeks, but depending on recovery, could be out much longer.
Big Blow in Big D
This is a fairly severe injury, but not one Bryant can’t come back from. Because of that, this isn’t quite as big of a blow as it could be for Dallas. Working in the Cowboys’ favor, also, is their commitment to the ground game. Falling behind like they did on Sunday night could be a recipe for disaster going forward, however, as Terrance Williams is the only remotely explosive weapon in the passing game left on the roster.
Slot man Cole Beasley will also see a bigger role going forward, while tight ends Jason Witten and Gavin Escobar also should see expanded roles.
Similar Injuries in Sports
When big injuries like this strike, it’s natural to compare them to similar injuries to other star players. Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones had a very similar injury in 2014, and he ended up missing the entire year.
This is a bad injury that transcends sports, as NBA star Kevin Durant dealt with a similar issue for much of the 2014-15 NBA season and was never able to stay healthy. He has surgery for a second time this off-season and is now hoping to return next year at 10%.
Cowboys’ Playoff Odds
The silver lining here is that Dez Bryant could miss just 4-6 weeks. The obvious downside is that any foot injury can be a problem, but this specific one can be prone to setbacks.
As the Cowboys stand, they don’t have enough ammunition to win the NFC East and make a deep playoff run. Their goal of replacing star rusher DeMarco Murray with a committee approach could still work out, but establishing an effective running game could prove to be very difficult without a star receiver balancing things out on the other side.
Dallas can overcome this with balanced play until Bryant returns, and if he does, they’d remain in the discussion for the division and a playoff spot. They’re in a good spot to get things started at 1-0, so if they can just keep things afloat for the next month they could be just fine. If the injury lingers r there is a setback and Dez Bryant can’t make his way back, however, the Cowboys would be looking like very weak Super Bowl bets for 2015.
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