As originally reported by Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com, wide receiver Dez Bryant will miss the team’s contest hosted by the Buffalo Bills this Sunday. After missing four total games in his first five combined seasons in the NFL, this will be Bryant’s sixth missed game this season.
Bryant is in line to post the worst statistical season of his career in a year marred by injury. His 401 total receiving yards, three receiving touchdowns, and 44.6 receiving yards per game all represent career lows, including his 2010 rookie season when he was not a regular starter.
The lengthy injuries to both Bryant and quarterback Tony Romo (four total games played) are significant reasons why the 4-10 Cowboys are already eliminated from the weak NFC East division race. In the four games that Romo has started, the Cowboys are 3-1, meaning that Dallas has gone 1-9 in games started by the underwhelming back-up carousel of Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel, and now Kellen Moore.
Dallas’ Week 16 opponent, the Bills, sit at 6-8 and are also eliminated from the playoff picture. The team’s Week 17 opponent, the Washington Redskins, currently hold a one-game division lead in the NFC East and are projected by Football Outsiders as having a 62.8% chance of making the postseason.