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September 01, 2010

Dez won't play Thursday night

 

Three days after tweeting Sunday that he would play Thursday against the Miami Dolphins, rookie Dez Bryant wouldn't talk about his status for the Cowboys' final exhibition game. But Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Bryant won't play because the team's regulars aren't playing.

"We don’t want to play him if we don’t play the regulars," Jones said at the team's annual Kickoff Luncheon at Cowboys Stadium. "He should not be in there, unless he’s in there with the entire makeup of the team, because you want to not have additional risk if there is any."

Bryant practiced Tuesday for the first time since July 30 when he sprained his right ankle.

"Practice went great," Bryant said. "I had a good time. It felt great being back out there with the guys."

Receivers coach Ray Sherman said conditioning is the only thing Bryant is behind on. Bryant got winded during Wednesday's practice in the heat at Valley Ranch.

"He’s missed a lot of time," Sherman said. "You’ve got to get yourself back in that condition, so we’ve just got to make sure that when he does get on the field for a ball game that he’s ready to go."

-- Charean Williams

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