There was a time when Dallas Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant was considered arguably the best receiver in football. From 2012 through 2014, Bryant averaged 91 receptions for 1,312 yards and 14 touchdowns a year. During that three-season span, Bryant ranked sixth in the NFL in catches, fifth in receiving yards, and first in touchdowns. He was nearly unstoppable. But then injuries caught up to him. Early in the 2015 season, Bryant broke his foot. The initial diagnosis at the time was that he would miss four to six weeks, but there was concern at the time that the time frame was too quick. Despite that concern, Bryant did indeed return six weeks later. When he got back on the field, he was not nearly as effective, with the injury noticeably preventing him from getting his typical separation. Sure, the Cowboys did not have Tony Romo on the field and that contributed to the offense's ineffectiveness, but Dez didn't look like Dez anyway. The following year, the same thing happened. Bryant suffered a hairline fracture in his knee in late September. The Cowboys announced an injury timeline that seemed much too aggressive, stating that Dez was merely day-to-day or week-to-week. He wound up missing only three games before returning to play the rest of the season. He was again not quite as effective as he is at full-strength, though he did find some degree of chemistry with Dak Prescott down the stretch of the season.
Dez Bryant's advice to younger players: Don't play injured like I did
CBS Sports | Feb 25