Cowboys’ Bryant has knee fracture
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has a slight hairline fracture in a bone in his right knee but might not miss a game, coach Jason Garrett says.
Bryant didn’t practice Wednesday, three days after getting hurt in a 31-17 win over the Chicago Bears, and the same day the team got back results of an MRI.
“We’ve had players with this kind of injury who missed no time in the past and other players who have missed up to a week or more than that,” Garrett said. “We’ll see how he does. When he comes in [today], see how he feels and we’ll make our evaluations there as we go forward.”
Bryant injured the knee on the opening series but came back in the first quarter. He missed seven games last year after breaking his foot in the opener, then dealt with knee and ankle injuries. Ryan plays reporter: Introducing himself as “Walt Patulski from The Buffalo News,” Bills coach Rex Ryan popped in during a conference call Patriots receiver Julian Edelman was holding with reporters in the team’s media room.
Ryan asked Edelman directly if he was playing quarterback against the Bills on Sunday. Edelman responded by saying he’ll do whatever coach Bill Belichick asks of him, even if it means passing out water on the sideline.
Patulski is a former defensive end the Bills selected with the No. 1 pick in the 1972 draft. Watt on IR: Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was placed on injured reserve after aggravating a back injury. The move means Watt will be out for a minimum of eight weeks.
“You can never replace the best player in the NFL,” coach Bill O’Brien said. “When someone like that goes down, it’s a tough thing. obviously, but at the same time this is a team.”
The team is still exploring the injury and is unsure whether it will require surgery. Extra points: Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles could make his season debut Sunday against the Steelers. Coach Andy Reid said it would depend on how Charles practices this week. Charles has not played since tearing the ACL in his right knee in Week 5 last season. … Bears QB Jay Cutler (thumb) returned to practice on a limited basis. … Titans S Da’Norris Searcy will miss “a few weeks” with an ankle injury, coach Mike Mularkey said. … Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski said he had “no setbacks” regarding his hamstring injury during Thursday night’s win. … Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he “would be surprised” if QB Russell Wilson ( knee) does not play Sunday against the Jets.