KEY THURSDAY MEDIA UPDATES
***After missing practice Thursday, Dez Bryant told reporters he would return to practice Friday and play this week. More specifically, he said, "The way I feel right now, I expect to go." Bryant has a bruised knee -- which isn't a weight-bearing injury like his 2016 injury -- and a high ankle sprain. Thursday's comments were in line with what Jason Garrett said on Monday. Still, Bryant hasn't practiced yet or tested his ankle under stress. He'll need to prove to the medical staff he's healthy enough to run routes without significant aggravation. If he practices on Friday and responds well through Sunday, there's a chance he can play without limitation.
***Like Bryant, Julio Jones continues to rehab rather than practice this week. Jones was seen doing ladder drills and conditioning on Thursday. Dan Quinn told reporters Jones is expected to return to practice tomorrow, after which the team will make a determination on his likely availability. Expect Jones to be listed questionable on the team's game status report and we'll be watching the Sunday morning reports closely for details on his snap count if he's active.