Dez Bryant is back.
After he Dallas Cowboys wide receiver returned to practice on Wednesday afternoon and, according to multiple reports, is ready to suit up on Sunday when the team hosts the Seattle Seahawks in a must-win game.
Of course, Bryant’s road to return has been well-documented. The Cowboys standout fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot in the team’s season-opening victory over the New York Giants. He had surgery shortly after the initial injury and recently received a stem cell injection to accelerate the healing process.
According to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Bryant will be on a quasi-pitch count against the Seahawks, meaning the wideout will be monitored closely throughout the game. He’ll be watched during warm-ups and, barring any early-game setback, will be on the field.
Bryant said on Friday he was determined to play, telling reporters, “Of course, hell yeah, I’m playing.”
Bryant’s potential return has sparked a bit of hope in Cowboys fans across the country who have seen their team spiral since the wideout and starting quarterback Tony Romo both went down with injuries early in the season.
Dallas has lost four straight and the squad’s passing game has withered without Bryant on the field. Matt Cassel is projected to start at quarterback again for the Cowboys this week.
Naturally, the Cowboys don’t want to force Bryant back on the field before he’s ready. There were rumors that he would return last week against the New York Giants as well, but Bryant didn’t travel with the team and was ruled out of the game once he arrived in New York.
But, here’s the important question. If Bryant does return, what should fantasy owners do with a wideout who has been known to make big plays and rack up the points?
The Cowboys are seven point underdogs – at home – on Sunday, but having Bryant in the lineup could be a major jumpstart for an offense that desperately needs some kind of spark. Bryant can definitely spark. You’ve waited this long to play, ’em guys. Get Bryant in that lineup.
Prediction: 6 receptions, 58 receiving yards