Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is a player who is always in good shape.
His commitment to his conditioning is never a question.
Yet, nagging injuries have bothered him in his three NFL seasons. He's played a full season just once, last year.
In 2012, he bypassed surgery on a broken finger and then Bryant suffered back spasms in the regular season finale at Washington. The back problem is a minor issue now and something that will not linger once the offseason program starts next month.
Coach Jason Garrett talked about protecting Miles Austin from himself last season because he works so hard and at times it causes problems with his hamstrings.
The same can be said of Bryant. He's always moving around the practice fields and in pregame warmups he's catching passes, running routes and just moving around.
The Cowboys want him to challenge that energy to practices and games so he won't feel worn down.
"He seems great," Garrett said of Bryant's health. "When I’ve seen him, he seems really upbeat and positive. He really handled that situation very well. You guys have heard me say this before: He was very emotional after he hurt his finger up there in Cincinnati. He hurts his finger then catches what amounted to be the game-winning touchdown pass with a broken finger, and he came in the next day and our doctors saw him and they said, ‘Hey, you broke this thing, we might have to do surgery, you might have to go on IR,’ and he was in my office two minutes later saying, ‘I can’t go on IR,’ and he was emotional, and, ‘I’ve got to play’ and ‘I can play through this,’ and it just speaks to his passion, his maturity as a player. He’s always been very physically tough, and we saw that right from the start. He demonstrates that he’s mentally tough, too, and I think he handled it well during the season, and I think he’s handled it well since then."