Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant will play through a back injury on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, according to NFL Nerwork’s Ian Rapoport.
#Cowboys WR Dez Bryant, who popped up on the Injury Report Friday with a back injury, will play today, source said. No issues for him.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 20, 2016
Bryant had not been on the injury report all week, until Friday when he was a limited participant. He was listed as questionable for Sunday’s game following Friday’s practice.
With top CB Jimmy Smith listed as doubtful, and thus unlikely to play, even a Dez Bryant at less than 100% will be an issue for the Ravens secondary. Ravens CB Tavon Young and CB Shareece Wright will be the ones on Bryant for the vast majority of the game. The Cowboys might see this as an opportunity to focus on picking apart the Ravens depleted secondary, instead of running RB Ezekiel Elliott at the NFL’s best rush defense.
What the Ravens secondary will have going for them is that Bryant and Cowboys QB Dak Prescott still do not seem to have great chemistry. While Bryant made a few big plays against the Steelers last week, there were multiple occurrences where Prescott and Bryant were not on the same page.