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Dez Bryant returns to Cowboys for practice, increasing chance of Richard Sherman shadowing him

Out since the opener because of a broken bone in his foot, Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant returned to practice Wednesday. That increases the chance Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman shadows him Sunday in Arlington, Texas.
Out since the opener because of a broken bone in his foot, Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant returned to practice Wednesday. That increases the chance Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman shadows him Sunday in Arlington, Texas. Staff Photographer

Dez Bryant returned to practice for the Cowboys on Wednesday, increasing the chance the star wide receiver will play Sunday against the Seahawks.

“He did work with us in a limited fashion,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said.

He said the team needs to see how Bryant’s broken bone in his foot that’s had him out since the opener responds Thursday first.

Bryant’s return, even in a limited fashion, increases the chance Seattle All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman will shadow Bryant all over AT&T Stadium this weekend.

This season new Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard has employed Sherman as the nickel back inside against Green Bay’s Randall Cobb, man-to-man last week against Torry Smith last week at San Francisco and head-up on A.J. Green after the Bengals’ star shredded the Seahawks other cornerback, Cary Williams, in the first quarter at Cincinnati. That’s after years of Sherman being anchored to his left-cornerback place, regardless of where star receivers line up.

Pete Carroll said Sherman’s increased experience and supreme size and athleticism make him ideal to move all over now. It makes sense that trend will continue with Dallas getting its top receiver back and the opportunity to feature him to end a four-game losing streak.

▪ Michael Bennett is the latest NFC defensive player of the week. That was for the career-high 3 1/2 sacks he had last week at San Francisco -- or maybe for the biceps kisses he was doing in the end zone.

This is the first time in the 30-year-old Bennett’s career he’s won the award.

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