Dez Bryant wasn't talking Tuesday, two days after tweeting that he was going to make his debut in Thursday's preseason game against the Dolphins. Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said that Tuesday afternoon's practice will go a long way in determining whether the first-round draft pick gets on the field.
"Dez hasn’t been determined yet," Phillips said, "more because of physical than anything else. He has not practiced. So today’s practice will go a long way to see where he is. Then, we’ll go from there."
Bryant returned to practice for the first time since July 30 when he injured his right ankle. The Cowboys would like to get him a feel for the speed of the game before throwing him into the fire Sept. 12 against the Redskins, but it is less likely he will play now that Phillips has announced most of the starters won't play Thursday night.
"Let me see what he does in practice and how he looks and then we’ll go from there," Phillips said when asked if he would like to see Bryant play some Thursday. "I would like to see him play with the first group if he’s going to play, but overall that wouldn’t happen. That’s another determining factor."
-- Charean Williams