FRISCO, Texas — The MRI on Dez Bryant‘s injured right knee was delayed because the Dallas Cowboys receiver was absent from Monday’s treatment for injured players and Tuesday meetings, sources confirmed.
Bryant was hurt in Sunday’s win against the Chicago Bears, and injured players are required to report for treatment on Monday, even though it is the players’ day off. The Cowboys have a conditioning workout and meetings on Tuesday, but Bryant was unable to get to an MRI since the team does not yet have an imaging device at its new facility.
The MRI took place Wednesday morning. Bryant was diagnosed with a hairline fracture of his tibial plateau in his right leg near the knee, according to a source.
Coach Jason Garrett refused to get into the reason for the delay when asked multiple times earlier Wednesday. Left guard La’el Collins suffered a sprained right big toe in the Bears game, had his MRI performed Monday and the Cowboys knew of a treatment plan the same day.
Players are subject to fines for missing meetings and treatment sessions.
Dez has hairline fracture, but Cowboys hopeful
The Cowboys are hopeful that WR Dez Bryant can play Sunday after being diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his right tibia.
“I don’t want to get into the whole medical procedure,” Garrett said. “We have this information now with Dez and we’re going to take his situation day by day. We’ll evaluate his status for the game as the week goes on.”
Garrett would not rule Bryant out of Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. But a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter the injury could sideline the receiver up to three weeks. He did not practice Wednesday, but Garrett said he worked out and “we’re hopeful that he’ll be able to play.”
Bryant missed only six plays after he was injured on the second play Sunday against the Bears when linebacker Christian Jones dragged him down after an 11-yard gain. Bryant’s knee and ankle got caught under Jones, and he went to the ground before getting off the field.
He finished the game with three catches for 40 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Bryant played 52 of 68 snaps but was not on the field late in the fourth quarter as the Cowboys attempted to run out the clock.
If Bryant can’t play Sunday, Brice Butler, who has one catch for 16 yards in three games, would move into the starting lineup. Rookie Dak Prescott said Bryant’s potential absence does not affect the Cowboys’ plans.
“I don’t really pay attention to who I’m throwing to,” said Prescott, who has connected with Bryant 11 times for 150 yards and a touchdown this season. “I just go through my reads, whoever’s open gets the ball. So I mean hope [he] gets well, is well really, really soon, but it doesn’t really affect this offense.”
ESPN Staff Writer Nick Wagoner contributed to this report.