LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Dallas Cowboy wide receiver Dez Bryant, a former Lufkin High School football standout, is expected to be placed on injured reserve Wednesday because of "foot and ankle injuries that will require surgery in the near future," according to ESPN.com.
According to the story that appeared on the EPSN.com Web site earlier Wednesday, Bryant only played in nine games in the 2015 season after he broke his right foot in the season opener against the New York Giants. EPSN reported that Bryant had surgery, which included a bone graft to help with the healing process, the next day.
"Multiple sources said Bryant will have more graft added to the fifth metatarsal but there is nothing wrong with the stabilizing screw that was implanted in September," the ESPN.com story stated. "The ankle surgery has been termed a "clean up," but Bryant should be ready for the team's offseason program in April."
Jason Garrett, the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys told EPSN that the team knew a second surgery would be possible at the time of Bryant's first surgery, adding that team officials do not believe Bryant came back too soon after the first surgery.
According to ESPN.com, Bryant will finish the season with 31 catches for 401 yards and three touchdowns after he led the NFL with 16 touchdown passes in 2014.
An Associated Press story stated that the decision to put Bryant on injured reserve means that he will miss the 4-11 Cowboys' season finale against the Washington Redskins Sunday. Garrett told the Associated Press that Bryant was also dealing with a left ankle injury and had issues with his left knee.
"Bryant will be placed on injured reserve along with safety Barry Church and defensive end David Irving," the Associated Press story stated. "Church broke his right arm and Irving fractured his left wrist against the Bills."
The Dallas Cowboys put a franchise tag on Bryant in March, and as a result, he missed almost all of the offseason conditioning program, organized team activities, and minicamp, according to ESPN.com. Cowboys fans all over Lufkin and Deep East Texas rejoiced when Bryant signed a five-year contract for $70 million back in July.
The Cowboys traded their 27th overall pick along with a third round choice to New England for the 24th overall pick in the first round and a fourth round selection to pick Bryant in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys Website stated. Dallas picked Bryant even though he missed most of his senior season at Oklahoma State.
During his senior season with the Lufkin Panthers, Bryant was named a Parade All American. He caught 53 passes for 1,207 passes and 21 touchdowns that year, according to the dallascowboys.com Website. In addition, ESPN.com ranked him as the 29th best overall high school football player, the Dallas Cowboys Website stated.