Dallas Cowboys star wide receiver Dez Bryant has officially been diagnosed with a fifth metatarsal fracture in his right foot. According to Todd Archer of ESPN the initial time line for Bryant’s return is between 4-6 weeks. Dez was initially scheduled to have surgery on the foot Tuesday ,but according to his Twitter page he had the surgery Monday.

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Head coach Jason Garret confirmed the 4-6 week projected timeline ,but also acknowledged that everything is still premature and that all timelines are just projections as of now.

Dez had a screw inserted into his foot to help the recovery process. Sources confirm a major problem with a fifth metatarsal fracture is the lack of blood flow to that  particular area of the foot. Which makes it harder for the foot to heal independently. This is the same injury that caused Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant to miss the season last year. Kevin required three seperate surgeries on the same foot.  The Cowboys are keeping their fingers crossed that their star receiver will heal fully and quickly.

The feeling in Dallas is optimistic about Dez, but one thing that fans need to be aware of is that Dez may be back in 4-6 weeks ,but may not be 100% for about 8 or 9.  All athletes heal and recover at different rates from different injuries. Dez has always kept himself in phenomenal shape which could help get him back on the field quicker.

The Cowboys play Philadelphia, Atlanta, New Orleans, and New England and then have a bye week week five. The ideal situation would be to have Dez back by week six against the Gaints in New York.

For now the Cowboys are without their number one playmaker on offense #88.

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Aniello Piro

Spark Sports Analyst