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Dez Bryant tells Jerry Jones 'pain is going away by the day'

Dez Bryant will need to show patience during rehab to get back on the field quickly. AP Photo/Tony Avelar

IRVING, Texas – Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was spotted inside the team’s Valley Ranch weight room Thursday wearing a protective boot on his surgically-repaired right foot. On Wednesday, Bryant was seen inside the locker room without the boot and without a limp.

Bryant is only 10 days removed from surgery, which included a bone graft, and is expected to miss at least the next 3-5 weeks if not more, but owner and general manager Jerry Jones is optimistic about his star receiver’s return.

“We want him keeping in shape and keeping all the ligaments around it in shape,” Jones said. “He can. I just had a great visit with him. The pain is going away by the day and that's important. His procedure gives me a lot of confidence that he will be able to have a positive recovery."

The Cowboys performed the same surgery on defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence last season. He missed the first eight games of the season but has not had any issues with his foot since.