Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has had injections in his ankle in order to speed up the healing process.
Bryant travelled to Colorado last week to get a therapeutic injection in his foot in the hope that it would heal it up quicker. According to Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, he had bone marrow stem cells removed from his hip and injected into his ankle.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said: "It will do two things. It has the potential to improve the healing time but more important gives him and everyone more confidence that when he comes back, at whatever the time is, it will be sounder and I think that was the overriding reason for doing it.
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"It will be sounder even if he kept the same timeframe. It could easily speed it up, but if not, what you're always going to be worried about [is] if you wait another week maybe you've got less chance of reinjuring it or basically rushing it. That will give us more peace of mind on rushing it."
With this injection, it gives more confidence for the Cowboys that their star wide receiver can return to action after their bye week to play against their divisional rivals, the New York Giants.
"He's shown exceptional in his healing," Jones said. "I feel the procedure and how he's doing gives us a good feeling that if we feel like he can handle the sensitivity then you feel like you aren't being too aggressive in letting him get back out there. That's the big thing."
That bye week will come in use, as the Cowboys will be able to test out Bryant's foot without putting him in the pressure situation of a real game. But the sooner he is out on the field, the better, as the NFC East team has been struggling without him and their quarterback Tony Romo.