An initial recovery timeline for injured Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is now being described as “aggressive”. Following surgery on his broken right foot, Bryant is reportedly looking at a return time table closer to 8-12 weeks.
ESPN’s Dr. Mark Adickes said 4-6 weeks was an aggressive timeframe, and a more likely timeframe for Dez Bryant’s recovery is 8-12 weeks.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 15, 2015
Should Bryant be out as long as the recent report suggests, he could suddenly be a candidate for designated for return/injured reserve. Even if he’s not, Bryant could easily be out until week eight, if not much longer. Dallas has gone from possibly being without their best offensive player for one month, to looking at the real possibility of being without him for up to three months.
Regardless of how long Dez Bryant is out, this is a huge loss for the Cowboys offense and the team could struggle while he’s out. Terrance Williams steps up into a new role as the team’s top wide receiver, while the likes of Cole Beasley, Jason Witten, Gavin Escobar and Lance Dunbar should see active roles in the passing game, as well.
This is a real bummer in season long fantasy football leagues for owners who drafted Dez Bryant, but we have to adapt. Terrance Williams should see the biggest jump and has weekly upside, but Witten is probably the guy who will actually be the most reliable target from week to week. Some will say you can drop Bryant due to this latest report, but that’s crazy talk. Stash him at the end of your bench and cross your fingers he returns closer to the previous 4-6 week timeline.