Dez Bryant doing light running as he returns from surgery

Dez Bryant has been doing some light running on his surgically repaired right foot and is making expected progress. AP Photo/Brandon Wade

IRVING, Texas – Just as they pronounced after Dez Bryant had surgery to repair his broken right foot, the Dallas Cowboys remain hopeful the star wide receiver will be able to return Oct. 25 against the New York Giants.

Bryant has been doing some light running on a treadmill but has yet to get on the practice field.

“Getting in condition without putting too much stress and strain on his foot, so he has not been out running routes or anything like that up to this point,” coach Jason Garrett said. “There are different ways to run where you can kind of get yourself in as good a shape as possible leading up to it, so he’s been involved in that.”

Bryant had surgery Sept. 14 to repair a broken fifth metatarsal that included a bone graph that the team believes helps the healing process. Last year defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence was cleared from a similar surgery after seven weeks.

The Giants’ game is 41 days after surgery. The Cowboys have the bye next week and most of the regulars will be limited in their practice before returning to work Oct. 20.

While the Cowboys wait for Bryant to heal, they see progress in linebacker Sean Lee, who was knocked out of last week’s game with a concussion. Lee was on the practice field Thursday and expected to take part in a limited portion of the workout as he works through the concussion protocol.

“We’re optimistic with how he has responded to everything,” Garrett said.

Tight end James Hanna (ankle), wide receiver Brice Butler (hamstring) and defensive end Randy Gregory (ankle) are missing from practice.