Dez Bryant tweets surgery ‘went great’ and he ‘can’t wait to get back’
While the Dallas Cowboys obviously will be hampered by the absence of Dez Bryant after undergoing surgery Monday on what was believed to be a broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot, the team must feel encouraged by how positive the wide receiver appears to be approaching the coming weeks of rehabilitation.
Bryant took to Twitter Monday night to send a message indicating he will keep Cowboys fans apprised of his recovery while also expressing eagerness about getting back on the field.
I will keep the all Dallas Cowboys fans updated so don't listen to all the craziness…. Surgery went great….. I can't wait to get back
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) September 15, 2015
It remains to be seen how long the Cowboys will be without Bryant, arguably one of the most talented and explosive receivers in the game, but head coach Jason Garrett estimates the team’s best offensive weapon’s recovery could take anywhere between four to six weeks. Other sources, however, have indicated the Cowboys have set a time frame of four to eight weeks.
Garrett did acknowledge the obvious when pointing out that Bryant will be missed.
“You can’t really replace Dez Bryant,” he said. “There aren’t Dez Bryants waiting out there on the street. He’s a special guy, he’s a unique guy, and we’re going to miss him.
One encouraging sign, though, is how the Cowboys are reluctant to place Bryant on the injured reserve-designated to return list, as that would mean he wouldn’t be able to practice with the team for at least six weeks and could not play in a game for eight weeks.
The Cowboys obviously will feel the sting of Bryant’s absence, the team only has to tread water until he returns to the field. And if Bryant’s assertion that the surgery “went great” — and assuming Garrett’s more hopeful timeline pans out — the wide receiver could be lining up once again for Dallas either for an Oct. 26 rematch with Giants or perhaps the next week against the Seattle Seahawks, meaning at worst the Cowboys would have Bryant back in the fold for the season’s final 10 games.
And if it takes a week or two longer for Bryant to recover, it would still mean the Cowboys would have their superstar wideout in the lineup for the last half of the season.
All things considered, that’s not half-bad.