Dez Bryant to continue returning kicks
That rookie sensation Dez Bryant was injured on a kickoff return only renews the debate of whether the Cowboys should risk such a valuable player by using him in special teams.
The rookie receiver is out for the season after suffering a fractured right fibula on a kickoff return in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 38-35 overtime victory against the Colts. He underwent surgery on Monday and will require three to four months of rehab.
It's a prime example why many star players are not used on returns. Interim coach Jason Garrett understands that. But he says Bryant is too valuable on returns not to use him there. It's also one of the reasons why the Cowboys drafted him in the first round.
“Dez has a unique ability as a returner,” Garrett said. “We want to take full advantage of that. You never want to put guys in precarious positions, but that’s a part of what he does.”
Bryant ranked third in the NFL with a punt return average of 14.3 yards. He is one of just two players to return to punts for touchdowns season. He averaged 24.4 yards on 12 kickoff returns this season _ one that is now over.