Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant did not practice on Wednesday. His back was tight.
In the locker room after practice, Bryant said there was no doubt that he would play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. The rest of the organization has that feeling, too. The day off was just a precaution.
But what about the future?
Bryant turned 25 on Monday. A 25-year-old with back issues does not portend well for a 28-, 29- or 30-year-old.
The Cowboys do not believe there is a structural issue with Bryant’s back, but it is something that has acted up a few times. The most severe case came in the 2012 season finale at Washington. Bryant could not finish the game and needed a wheelchair to the bus out of FedEx Field. It bugged him some in training camp and earlier in the season.
Bryant is signed through 2014. The Cowboys have shown a willingness to sign their core players to extensions as they enter the final year of their contracts. They did it with Sean Lee in August. They did it ...