Rookie Dez Bryant was sidelined once again at OTAs, this time due to tightness in his left hamstring.
According to Nick Eatman’s blog at dallascowboys.com:
Since being drafted in late April, Bryant has experienced minor ankle and hip injuries, missed an entire day of OTA practice and meetings with a stomach virus and now the hamstring has kept him out for two practices.
Bryant says its not frustrating, and I’m not sure its time to worry about minor injuries, but it certainly makes one wonder.
It was uncovered by running back coach Skip Peete that Marion Barber played last season with a torn left quad. The injury occurred in Week 2 last season and Barber only missed one game.
Keith Brooking could return to practice as soon as Thursday after being held out because of offseason arthroscopic knee surgery.
Patrick Crayton returned to OTAs yesterday. He agent says Crayton is looking to compete and doesn’t want to be a distraction, its rather hard to do that if you aren’t with the team on the field.
His teammates were happy to see him back with the team.
Kevin Ogletree: “There is a lot more wisdom out there. He has been around a long time. He is just more help for the young guys and more leadership. He is a good player, so obviously we missed him and it’s just good to see him back out there.”
Roy Williams: “He’s not the flashy guy. He is just a guy that comes in and gets the job done. I call him Mr. Consistency. He just plays the same way every time.”
Dez Bryant: “He is a vet. It is nice to have a guy like that. Not only him, but Roy (Williams) and Miles (Austin), who have been through everything. Younger guys (like me) want that. They need someone to follow and it’s great that they are all here.”
Training Camp will be split this year between Texas and California. This is great news for our friends on the West Coast who will get a chance to see America’s Team live in action getting ready for the upcoming season.
San Antonio, Texas: July 23rd – August 6th
Oxnard, California: August 14th – August 27th