Dez Bryant surgery: Cowboys WR undergoes surgery to repair broken metatarsal

Dez Bryant surgery: Cowboys WR undergoes surgery to repair broken metatarsal

Dez Bryant to have surgery on broken foot.

While reports tabbed Bryant’s surgery for Tuesday, the star receiver opted to have the procedure done a day earlier. He took to Twitter late Monday night to give fans an update on his new road to recovery.

Dez Bryant broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during the season opener with the Giants Sunday night. The fifth metatarsal is the most outside bone on the foot (see here).

Initially, No. 88 was expected to miss 4-6 weeks. This time table for Bryant’s return would put him back on the field by Week 7 which is right after the Cowboys have their bye week meaning Bryant would only miss four games. If Bryant can’t return for the Oct. 25 matchup with the Giants, he’d likely be back for Week 8 to face the Seahawks on Nov. 1.

However, some reports indicate that Bryant could miss up to as many as eight weeks (the Cowboys face the Eagles at home in Week 9). According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, the Cowboys don’t plan on placing Bryant on the injured reserve.

With Bryant out, wide receiver Terrance Williams will move to the No. 1 receiver spot. He received plenty of work this offseason as the primary pass catcher with Bryant holding out due to his franchise tag before receiving a long-term deal.

The Cowboys are expected to sign another wide receiver to add depth to the position. There should be some action amongst the practice squad and/or current group of free-agent wide receivers before the Cowboys play the Eagles this Sunday.