Dez Bryant expected to miss practice today

OXNARD, Calif. -- Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is expected to miss his fourth consecutive day of practice Tuesday because of a sore hip.

Team officials are downplaying the severity of the injury and a source said no MRI is necessary for Bryant's injury. The Cowboys will work on short-yardage and goal-line plays in Tuesday's practice so the need for Bryant isn't deemed necessary.

Bryant has done some light work during morning walk-through practices the past few days, but he was a spectator during the afternoon sessions.

Bryant hates missing practice, but the team is keeping him out anyway as a precaution.

"That could be a good thing for someone like Dez and Miles (Austin), who run a lot," quarterback Tony Romo said about Bryant's absence from practice. "We put a big emphasis on running and really running a lot more than most teams do at the wide receiver position. Both guys do it and push themselves every single day; it's not easy. I think it can be a good thing for them to get their legs back for a day or two, and then they can push it again. In Dez's case, I think he has some soreness. It will be a couple-of-days thing, so I think he'll be fine."