The Dallas Cowboys will be without superstar wide receiver Dez Bryant for the next month after Bryant suffered a broken bone in his right foot during Sunday night’s 27-26 win over the New York Giants. Team owner Jerry Jones revealed that Bryant would require surgery and would miss the next 4-6 weeks.
Dez Bryant has a broken bone in right foot and needs surgery, Jerry Jones said.
— Brandon George (@DMN_George) September 14, 2015
The short side of Bryant’s recovery time table would have him back by week five, but it’s unlikely the Cowboys rush back their top offensive weapon. It’s much more likely that Bryant returns following the team’s week six bye. That makes week seven the likely target date for a Dez Bryant return, unless his recovery goes amazingly well. Foot injuries can be especially difficult for wide receivers due to the amount of cutting, planting and explosiveness they require, so a lengthier time table is still possible.
This is a huge blow to the Dallas offense and naturally downgrades quarterback Tony Romo significantly. Romo is still plenty good enough to post solid stats and the Cowboys will surely try to maintain a balanced offense (Joseph Randle clearly looks like their main running back, by the way). Romo is still a solid QB1, but with no go-to target in the passing game at a high-end level, there could be moments over the next 4-6 weeks where he struggles badly.
That being said, Romo is adept at spreading the wealth and finding the open guy, so no Bryant dramatically improves the short-term fantasy outlooks of the likes of Jason Witten, Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley. Witten probably has the highest upside of the three due to his chemistry with Romo over the years, while he’ll also likely be looked for more in the red-zone (he scored twice last night) than ever over the next few weeks. Backup tight end Gavin Escobar, who scored on Sunday night and is a strong athletic presence, could also see more snaps to help make up for the loss of Bryant.