Dez Bryant’s Conditioning a Concern, Could Be to Blame for Wide Receiver’s Struggles Late in Games

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October 4, 2011

There's no denying the freakish ability that Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has. But there's some growing concern in the Dallas organization regarding Bryant's conditioning.

Bryant suffered a thigh bruise in the team's season opener, which has hampered him a bit. While he's hauled in three touchdown catches thus far, the Cowboys are a bit concerned that conditioning is keeping the second-year pro from reaching his maximum potential, particularly in the second half of games, reports ESPN's Tim MacMahon.

"It is, because he hasn't been able to practice and he really hasn't been able to run," Dallas head coach Jason Garrett told ESPN.com. "Our training staff has done a great job trying to get as much work with him as possible without taking any backward steps on the thigh bruise, but that's definitely a factor.

"Receivers need to be able to run throughout the ballgame, and when you don't practice and you don't run throughout the week, it's hard for you to maintain the pace that you need to maintain throughout a 60-minute game."

Bryant only has two catches for 50 yards after halftime in three games this season.

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