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Dallas' Bryant near return

Cowboys All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant, out the past five games with a broken right foot, remains limited in practice.

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Cowboys All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant, out the past five games with a broken right foot, remains limited in practice.

IRVING, Texas — Dez Bryant could be back in the lineup against the Seahawks after missing five games with a broken right foot.

If the Cowboys' All-Pro receiver does return, it will be alongside a new starting running back in Darren McFadden as the Cowboys try to figure out a way to win without quarterback Tony Romo.

Bryant practiced for the first time in almost seven weeks Wednesday, although he was limited. He was injured in the opener against the Giants, and Romo went down a week later with a broken left collarbone.

The Cowboys haven't won in the four games since.

Dallas center Travis Frederick noticed a difference on the practice field in Bryant's first real work since Sept. 11, two days before the injury. He has been at practice since the bye two weeks ago, but only for conditioning work on the side.

"He sets a great example," Frederick said. "He's one of those guys. You talk about Jason Witten. And you talk about Tony Romo. He's one of those guys that sets an example for everybody else throughout the day and throughout the week."

Bryant's absence is the longest of his six-year career.

JPP PRACTICES: Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, the former USF standout, returned to the Giants more than three months after losing a finger in a July 4 fireworks accident. Wearing white gloves, Pierre-Paul did calisthenics with the team then worked with members of the medical staff. As for what kind of player Pierre-Paul could be, coach Tom Coughlin said the defender has always used his right hand to "club" instead of grab, so he believes he can do the same things he used to do.

MANZIEL SAGA: Johnny Manziel's playing status for Sunday hinges on Josh McCown's sore right shoulder and an interview. Browns coach Mike Pettine said that Manziel has an "imminent" meeting scheduled with NFL investigators, who are looking into whether he violated the league's personal conduct policy.

MARIOTA IMPROVES: Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota returned to practice and said his left knee is feeling better. Whether he plays Sunday at visiting Houston remains to be seen.

NO ISLAND: Colin Kaepernick doesn't feel he's "on an island" away from his 49ers teammates, the quarterback told the San Jose Mercury News, and he doesn't believe he's a scapegoat for this season's fall to last place. "I really hope not," he said, adding that he has a "great" relationship with his teammates.

COUSINS HONORED: Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins was named NFC offensive player of the week after going 33-of-40 for 317 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-30 comeback win over the Bucs.

LEGEND TO GET RING: Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown and his championship ring will be reunited after nearly half a century. Brown settled a lawsuit he brought in Manhattan federal court against a memorabilia dealer. He said someone stole the ring from his Cleveland home in the late 1960s.

JETS: Veteran punter Steve Weatherford was released four days after he was signed in a pinch while he was in the middle of co-hosting a radio show. Weatherford earned $51,000 for one game.

RAIDERS: Safety Nate Allen practiced for the first time since the season opener, when he tore the MCL in his right knee.

TEXANS: Coach Bill O'Brien denied that he and general manager Rick Smith had a confrontation Saturday about whether to cut Ryan Mallett. A report said Smith overruled O'Brien, who wanted to cut Mallett after the quarterback missed the team's charter flight to Miami. Mallett was released Tuesday.

Dallas' Bryant near return 10/28/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 10:17pm]
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