Cowboys tracker: Dez Bryant

OXNARD, Calif. -- Dez Bryant missed his fourth straight day of practice because of a hip/quadriceps injury, but if the work he was doing on the side Tuesday was any indication, he should be back to the field soon.

What Bryant went through on the sidelines might have been more difficult than practice, especially one that featured wide receiver-friendly short-yardage and goal-line situations.

Bryant went through a rigorous session of resistance training with associate athletic trainer Britt Brown, and he ran a number of cross-field sprints. Never once did he appear to labor.

The Cowboys are being extra cautious with Bryant, who was off to an impressive start to training camp. Coach Jason Garrett said the team sometimes has to protect players from themselves, such as with Miles Austin, Jason Witten and Sean Lee. Bryant, who is the subject of this week's Hot Button debate, is in that category as well.