IRVING, Texas -- Dez Bryant is allowed to attend meetings after all.
On Thursday Jason Garrett said league rules for injured reserve players prevented Bryant from attending meetings, however, that is not the case.
According to the NFL’s player personnel handbook, players on injured reserve “may attend team meetings and observe practice, but they may not participate in any manner or form in any practice sessions, any drill or any physical activity other than that required as a part of their rehabilitation.”
Since the rookie had surgery on Monday to repair the fractured right fibula, practicing again this year won’t be an issue.
Garrett said he wants Bryant to remain “engaged” with the team even if he cannot play. The time off will allow Bryant to get more familiar with the playbook, although Garrett said he disagreed with the notion that Bryant struggled with the mental side of the game.
Bryant caught 45 passes for 561 yards and had eight touchdowns in his rookie season but he had a difficult time staying healthy. He suffered a high right ankle sprain in training camp and missed five preseason games.
He played in 12 regular-season games but aggravated the high ankle sprain during the year and sprained his left ankle on Dec. 4. He also had rib and back injuries.