Wade Phillips is still considering whether he’ll use his starters in the Cowboys’ preseason finale against the Dolphins. Even though he downplayed the team’s offensive struggles to reporters on Monday, the fact Phillips is even considering the option shows at least some level of concern.
Phillips also hasn’t decided if Dez Bryant, who has been cleared to practice following a right ankle injury, will fall into the same category. Phillips said Bryant has not been cleared to play, and although the rookie receiver announced to the world (yes, via Twitter) he would “be back on Thursday night!!!!!” (yes, with five exclamation points), Phillips wasn’t as sure when he met with reporters.
“I still want to get feedback from the doctors and the rehab people as to where he is and what the risks are,” Phillips said. “I think you have to take that into consideration certainly, and whether in another week and a half he’ll be stronger or he’s the same. That’s part of it.”
Bryant will practice on Tuesday. Phillips said getting Bryant some time under the lights before the season-opener was part of the consideration. There seems to be limited upside, though, given the added experience Bryant gets might not be against starters.
I’m willing to bet that Phillips loves being asked to respond to what players post on Twitter. Just a hunch. But he was lighthearted when asked what he thinks of all the breaking news coming of Twitter.
“I didn’t know that he tweeted that. I didn’t read my tweets.” joked Phillips, who incidentally is @sonofbum. “I don’t follow a whole lot of people.”