Cowboys’ Bryant believes recovery ahead of schedule

CANTON, Ohio — Dez Bryant was getting around well in a walking boot on his right foot and believes his high ankle sprain is healing ahead of schedule.

I asked the Cowboys rookie receiver if he’s still thinking there are three to four weeks left in the recovery.

“There’s no telling for sure,” Bryant said, “but I think it might even be sooner than that. It’s coming along pretty good.”

The Cowboys obviously will be careful with their first-round draft pick. Bryant caught hundreds of passes during warm-ups for the Hall of Fame game, stretching to work on back of the end-zone receptions near the sidelines. He moved all over the field and shouted to teammates several times how much he wanted to play tonight against the Bengals.

Bryant suffered the ankle injury early in camp, with a four to six week recovery period projected by the Cowboys, putting his readiness for Week 1 in doubt.

— Jason La Canfora

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