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Cowboys WR Bryant to test foot Wednesday

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant plans to test his surgically repaired foot running routes in practice Wednesday and Thursday. If he advances through both workouts without setbacks, Bryant could play Sunday for the first time since Sept. 13.

Bryant had surgery on Sept. 15, two days after he injured his foot in the regular-season opener against the New York Giants.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday in a radio interview with 105.3 The Fan that Bryant will have his status determined by the medical staff. Gauging his response to cutting and breaking in his routes is a key factor.

Bryant returned to practice on a limited basis last week, but it was also his first week participating in weight-bearing rehab. His conditioning level is another unknown.

Rushing him back for Sunday’s game could be a sign of desperation for the 2-3 Cowboys.

Dallas is shifting personnel at multiple positions.

Matt Cassel will start his first game with the Cowboys, replacing backup Brandon Weeden, who lost three starts since Tony Romo broke his left collarbone at Philadelphia. Romo is due back Nov. 27.

The Cowboys are also taking a look at La’El Collins at left guard and Christine Michael, acquired from the Seattle Seahawks in September, at running back.


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