Dez Bryant says he would play Sunday if it were up to him

Dez Bryant needs to maintain self-control if he plays Sunday (0:31)

ESPN NFL Analyst Tedy Bruschi reacts to Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant saying that he would play Sunday against the Seahawks if the decision was up to him. (0:31)

IRVING, Texas -- Officially, Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is questionable for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks after going through his third straight day of limited practice.

If the decision to play were only Bryant's to make?

"Of course, hell yeah, I'm playing," Bryant said, while acknowledging the medical staff, coaches and owner and general manager Jerry Jones will be involved in the decision-making process.

Bryant had surgery to repair a broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot on Sept. 14 and has missed the past five games. He returned to practice for the first time since Sept. 11 on Wednesday and was able to work into some 11-on-11 drills the past two days.

"If I play, I'm not thinking about nothing," Bryant said. "I'm playing. Dez is Dez out there. If I'm thinking, I'll remove myself from the situation. So we're going to just see."

The Cowboys want to see how Bryant's foot responds to Friday's practice, which was moved to Coppell (Texas) High School's indoor facility because of the rain. Bryant has not had any extra soreness in his foot during the week.

Bryant said he was able to cut it loose, "a little bit," during practice. In fact, he wanted to do more.

"It was just the coaches and trainers doing what they're supposed to do," Bryant said. "Just holding me back, trying to ease my way into things. I kind of got a little beside myself during the week but it was all good. Practice was great."

Bryant has not played much football since last season. He missed almost all of the offseason program awaiting a long-term contract. A hamstring injury limited him to half the training camp practices, and he did not play in a preseason game. He had five catches for 48 yards in the season-opening win against the New York Giants but played in 49 of 71 snaps because of the foot injury.

"Anytime a player hasn't played for in a little while, you always want to ease him back into action to a certain extent," coach Jason Garrett said. "You can't ease into action in a play. You need to go full speed on every play. So you just have to monitor how he's handling the work. With him or any guy you're always just mindful of that. We have no hard and fast rules. We look at guys, look at the conditions, see how he's feeling, use your eyes, communicate and we decide what we think is best. We'll see how he does today. If he comes back, feels good today, we'll start making the determinations about the weekend."

Bryant isn't so sure he will need a pitch count of sorts should he play against the Seahawks.

The Cowboys, along with Nike's Jordan Brand, came up with a reinforced sole for the bottom of Bryant's right cleat. Bryant went up a shoe size in part to accommodate a special orthotic to help support the foot.

"It's comfortable," Bryant said. "Very comfortable."

If Bryant plays, then he will be working with a new quarterback in Matt Cassel, who will be making his second start Sunday. The two have attempted to make up for lost time on the field during and after practices.

"He puts the ball on the money," Bryant said.

The Cowboys have lost four of the five games Bryant has missed, and the offense has been largely held in check. Just the presence of Bryant should help open up things for his teammates in the pass and run games.

As Bryant walked off the field at MetLife Stadium after last week's loss to the Giants, he shouted to the crowd that the Cowboys still run the NFC East.

"I meant what I said," Bryant said.

At 2-4, the Cowboys are in last place in the division and will not get Tony Romo back from his broken left collarbone until Nov. 22. Romo, however, can return to practice next week.

"We have enough time," Bryant said. "We just got to continue to keep on believing. We're a strong team. That's exactly what we're going to continue to keep doing. We came out to practice today with high intensity and just going to keep believing and sticking with each other and hope for the best."