Dez Bryant dealt with his fair share of problems this season.
The Dallas Cowboys' star wide receiver suffered a broken foot and was forced out of five games. Bryant fractured his fifth metatarsal in Week 1, and underwent surgery to repair the damage.
The 27-year-old was eager to return, as the Cowboys' passing game suffered mightily in his absence. However his zeal may have hurt him in the long run. In an interview with Star-Telegram's Charean Williams, Bryant admitted he came back a little too soon from that foot injury.
“After I broke my foot and tried to come back, I knew I wasn’t (right),” Bryant said. “But at the same time, I knew what was at stake. I thought I could potentially perform at a high level despite dealing with this foot. It turned out very unfortunate.
“I knew exactly what I was dealing with when I chose to come back. It didn’t work out as planned. I’m taking it for whatever it is. I’m just ready to train. I’m ready to get back, ready to get back 100 percent to do what I love to do, and that’s get in the end zone.”
Bryant finished the season with 31 receptions for 401 yards and three touchdowns in nine games, the lowest totals in his six-year career.
“I honestly do believe that,” Bryant said. “This off-season is extremely important for us. It gives us this opportunity to get our bodies back right. … We have something to prove, but we’re going to take our time, and we’re going to do it right.
“We just want to get back right and get back to playing football again.”
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