Cow­boys’ Bryant has knee frac­ture

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS & NFL -

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.

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