Bryant, Brooking return to field for Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys rookie WR Dez Bryant returned to practice Friday afternoon after missing the team’s morning session due to lingering hamstring injury.

Bryant, who missed all three sessions of OTAs this week after experiencing tightness in his left hamstring during Tuesday’s workout, was cleared to return after a workout with team trainer Britt Brown on¬†Friday morning, according to the team’s official blog.

Cowboys coach Wade Phillips made it clear during his news conference with reporters that the team pulled Bryant from the practices earlier this week.

“I do want to make it clear, now,¬†that he hadn’t asked to get out of anything,” Phillips said. “We’re the ones that took him out when he said his hamstring was sore. He said he could come back two days ago, and we said ‘No, we’re going to keep working you on the side.'”

Another player who returned for the start of the mandatory three-day minicamp was veteran LB Keith Brooking, who missed all of the team’s voluntary OTAs following offseason knee surgery. Phillips said Brooking was held to one practice as a precaution.

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