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WR Dez Bryant - Dallas Cowboys

6-2, 225Born: 11-4-1988College: Oklahoma StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 24

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Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder) was limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 18, after sitting out Wednesday, Sept. 17. Bryant suffered his shoulder injury in Week 2.

He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 15): Bryant and the whole Cowboys team found their equilibrium in the big road win at Tennessee. He wasn't a huge downfield threat, but Bryant showed durability coming back after an early shoulder issue caused him to leave the game, and he is still far and away the #1 target in the offense.

General News (Fri Sep 19): partially participated in Friday's practice and is officially questionable to play this weekend. Bryant says he will play.

General News (Thu Sep 18): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Sep 17): did not practice on Wednesday.

Week 3: at St. Louis Rams

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Tony Romo watched DeMarco Murray rack up 29/167/1 rushing last week, and with 43/220/1 rushing as a team (and 41:11 time of possession by the Cowboys), Romo only needed to throw the football 29 times (19/29 for 176 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, with four sacks taken for -28 yards). Dez Bryant was his main target last week, with 14 for 10/103/1 receiving flowing that way - Jason Witten was second on the team in receiving with seven targets for 4/32/0 receiving to his credit. After two games, Romo has compiled 42/66 for 457 yards passing, two TDs and three interceptions thrown to land at 28th among all fantasy quarterbacks through two games played. The Rams held Josh McCown to 16/21 for 175 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception in this phase of the game last week (though he did have 2/6/2 rushing). Matt Cassel threw 17/25 for 160 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions while being sacked once for -10 yards two weeks ago. St. Louis ranks fifth in the NFL averaging 172.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with one interception and one sack to balance the two TDs given up so far. The bottom line here is that teams are gashing the St. Louis for an average of 171 rushing yards per game, so they don't need to pass much vs. the Rams. Romo had a quiet game while DeMarco Murray piled up the fantasy points last week - against the Rams' suspect defensive front, there is no reason to expect Romo to have to throw the ball much again this week. On balance, this looks like a neutral matchup for Romo.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs SF 0 0 0 6 4 55 0 0
2 at TEN 0 0 0 14 10 103 1 0
3 at STL PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 7 * * *
3 at STL PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 7 * * *
3 at STL PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 7 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs SF (6 / 4 / 55 / 0 rec)

Bryant was in and out of the game in the second half against the 49ers with reported dehydration issues. Taking a huge shot to the lower back when extending for a high throw early in the game did not help matters. With on-target throws, Bryant cleanly caught the ball and outmuscled defenders after the catch. Two of Bryant's targets resulted in interceptions, once with tight double-coverage on a deep route. Bryant also had a holding penalty while blocking for a wide receiver screen.

2014 Week 2 vs TEN (14 / 10 / 103 / 1 rec)

After a dehydration and dinged up Week 1, Bryant battled through an early shoulder injury this week in Tennessee to have a strong performance. The chemistry built late last season and in the preseason between Bryant and Tony Romo was on display throughout the game. Bryant saw single coverage on back to back goal line targets, corralling the second with ease for a second half touchdown. Bryant scooped up two low targets in the game as well. Production available to Bryant not in the box score includes drawing a defensive pass interference penalty on a third down slant route and dropping a high target on third down in field goal range to close the first half.


Latest News

Cowboys | Dez Bryant expects to play (Fri Sep 19, 04:07 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder) is officially listed as questionable against the St. Louis Rams in Week 3, but he said he will play. Bryant finished with 10 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 against the Tennessee Titans. He was limited in practice Friday, Sept. 19.

Our View: You're crazy if you sit Bryant as long as he is active. He is most of the Cowboys passing game at this point.
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Cowboys | Dez Bryant expects to play (Thu Sep 18, 11:04 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder) said his injured shoulder is sore but fully expects to play in Week 3.

Our View: Bryant banged up his shoulder in Week 2, but he came back in the game and put up 10 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown. Keep it simple...if he's on the field, then he's in your lineup.
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Cowboys | Dez Bryant limited (Thu Sep 18, 06:12 PM) - Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder) was limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 18, after sitting out Wednesday, Sept. 17. Bryant suffered his shoulder injury in Week 2.

Our View: We should see Bryant on the field in Week 3. Keep it simple, if he plays, then Bryant needs to be in your lineup as a WR1.
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Cowboys | Dez Bryant working (Thu Sep 18, 12:33 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder) is participating in practice Thursday, Sept. 18.

Our View: We expect Bryant to play...and play very well. Bryant is a supremely talented player, and he should end up as one of the top three receivers in fantasy this week.
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Cowboys | Dez Bryant not practicing (Wed Sep 17, 01:51 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17, but is catching passes and running sprints on the side.

Our View: Bryant was a little bit banged up in Week 2, but he returned to the game and produced for his fantasy owners. This is likely just a day of rest.
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