Cowboys coach Jason Garrett told reporters this morning that Dez Bryant had a hairline fracture in his knee, and his status for this weekend’s game is in doubt. ESPN reports that Bryant has a “tibial plateau fracture” and could either miss no time or be out for three weeks:
A source told ESPN that Bryant — three days after suffering the injury — had an MRI on Wednesday morning, which revealed a tibial plateau fracture to his right knee.
Another source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the injury could sideline Bryant up to three weeks, depending on how the receiver feels. He did not practice Wednesday, but Garrett said he worked out and “we’re hopeful that he’ll be able to play.”
It’s somewhat strange for an injury to a star that occurred on Sunday not to be announced until Wednesday. Typically, injured players will undergo tests as soon as possible. In this case, Bryant apparently skipped mandatory treatment for injured players on Monday, then showed up far too late to practice on Tuesday to get an MRI. Garrett evaded questions about Bryant’s health in the meantime. Bryant finally got his knee looked at today, and the team confirmed the diagnosis. The Dallas Morning News reported this evening that Bryant would be fined for missing the MRI; NFL Network later reported the same thing.
Thankfully for the Cowboys, they have the 49ers this weekend, who are bad.