Injuries are a big part of the NFL, even before the regular season begins. According to 247 Sports, Dez Bryant has suffered a concussion. The enigmatic wide receiver suffered the injury during the Dallas Cowboys practice on Monday. Though Bryant claims that he is fine, this should mark the end of the preseason for him.
The next preseason game for the Dallas Cowboys is against the Seattle Seahawks, and Dez Bryant has now been officially scratched from that game. The absence should not be that big of a deal for the Cowboys as the coaching staff is already fully aware of what he can bring to the table.
The final preseason game for the Dallas Cowboys is against the Houston Texans, but Dez Bryant was unlikely to step on the field for that one. The Cowboys generally use the fourth and final preseason game to allow fringe roster players to stake their claim to remain on the team.
According to Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, Dez Bryant suffered the concussion as he was tackled by starting safety Barry Church. Apparently, Bryant hit the shoulder pads of Church at an awkward angle, and it knocked him in the head, according to NFL.com. The hit was not said to be malicious.
Since the regular season is obviously more important than the preseason, the smart move for the Dallas Cowboys would be to hold off on Dez Bryant getting back on the field until the opener against the New York Giants. The Cowboys saw how difficult life was without Bryant last season.
With Dez Bryant out for the rest of the preseason, Ezekiel Elliott has a chance to shine. The fourth overall selection in the NFL Draft is said to be ready to play against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday. Jason Garrett might choose to feature the running game a bit more because of that.
The game against the Seattle Seahawks should also be interesting because the Dallas Cowboys will not have Tyrone Crawford on the field. The starting defensive end is also suffering from a concussion. Management will more than likely hold him out until the opener against the New York Giants.
The biggest loser out of all this might be Dak Prescott, the fourth round rookie quarterback who has been the shining star for the Dallas Cowboys so far during the preseason. Prescott will not have Dez Bryant around to make his passes look spectacular.
Dallas Cowboys fans should be fine with not seeing another touchdown connection between Dak Prescott and Dez Bryant for the upcoming few months. If it happens again soon, then there is a very good chance that Tony Romo is on the injured list again, something folks in Dallas do not want to see.
The thing that Dallas Cowboys fans would much rather see is Tony Romo, Ezekiel Elliott, and Dez Bryant working together to beat the New York Giants in the regular season opener. That should be their new version of Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin.
The Dallas Cowboys built a dominant offensive line behind Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin. They invested heavily in that unit because they wanted to help their weapons on offense have the time needed to destroy opposing defenses in the NFL. All the pieces are in place right now for Dallas.
No one ever wants to see an injury take place in the NFL. However, the concussion suffered by Dez Bryant could be a blessing in disguise. The time off could enable him to be much fresher when the regular season finally does roll around in a couple of weeks.
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