Despite Dez Bryant's Twitter proclamations that he is playing Thursday night against the Miami Dolphins, Wade Phillips said Monday that a decision has not been made.
"We don’t know yet," the Cowboys coach said. "We have to practice this week and see."
Bryant, defensive end Marcus Spears (knee), linebacker Keith Brooking (shoulder) and safety Gerald Sensabaugh (shoulder) have been cleared to practice Tuesday. The Cowboys had Monday off and return for a practice in pads Tuesday.
Phillips said Bryant's health and the risk to his health if he plays in a preseason game is the biggest consideration. Bryant has been out since he sprained his ankle July 30 in practice. At the same time, Phillips admitted he would like to see the rookie receiver get a taste of the game speed before the season opener Sept. 12. Bryant has missed all four preseason games.
"I still want to get feedback from the doctors and the rehab people as to where he is and what the risks are," Phillips said. "So, I think you have to take that into consideration certainly, and whether another week and a half will be, he’ll be stronger or he’s the same. That’s part of it."
-- Charean Williams