Dallas Cowboys fans may be glad their team won against their divisional rivals, the New York Giants last night, but it may have come with a price as their top wide receiver Dez Bryant is injured.
The two-time Pro Bowler will be sidelined for the Cowboys for anywhere from four to six weeks after he broke a bone in his right foot during his team’s season opener on Sunday night, according to ESPN.
Bryant went off the field during the second half and didn’t return for the Cowboys’ final touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. He had also exited and then returned to the field during the first half due to dehydration.
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The wide receiver had recently signed this offseason a new five-year, $70 million deal with $48 million guaranteed, and the team was hoping to see some payback of that straight away. However, this did not come into tuition as his statistics when he left the game were five receptions for 48 yards on seven targets.
The injury is a massive blow for the Cowboys at the start of their season. Bryant is a top target on their offense and has had at least 88 catches and 1,200 yards each of the past three seasons in Dallas.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo revealed his disappointment with the injury. He said: "That's a tough loss. You can't replace Dez Bryant. I hurt for him, right now, because I know how much he loves to play this game.
"You need guys to step up. No one is going to be Dez Bryant, but the guys can do what they do well, and that's my job is to help that whole situation."
Wide receivers Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley and tight end Jason Witten will receive some of Bryant's targets on the offense while he is out injured. ESPN was told that he would have surgery on Tuesday.
Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett fully expects one of those players to step up. He said: "Dez Bryant's a great player. He's one of the best players we have and one of the best in the league, and he makes a huge difference for us.
"Sometimes, those guys aren't available to you, so the next guy has to go in there and play, and everyone has to do their job."
The Cowboys won the game against the Giants 27-26 at AT&T Stadium last night.