Receiver Dez Bryant has been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain and will be sidelined four-to-six weeks, the Cowboys announced late Friday afternoon.
The Cowboys were hoping for better news when Bryant limped off the field following a collision with cornerback Orlando Scandrick. But a magnetic resonance imaging exam after practice confirmed a high ankle sprain, possibly sidelining him for the entire preseason.
It's a huge setback for the Cowboys and the rookie first round pick, who had a great start to training camp and was hoping to push Roy Williams for the starting job opposite Miles Austin. At worst Bryant was going to be the team's third receiver and the primary kick and punt returner.
Now not only is Williams' starting job safe but perhaps Patrick Crayton's spot on the roster if Bryant sits out the entire preseason. Crayton was the team's third receiver and primary punt returner last year.
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