DALLAS, Sporting Alert – Tony Romo and Dez Bryant highlighted Dallas inactive player list, as the Cowboys go in search of a fourth win this season against the Cincinnati Bengals at AT&T Stadium.
Quarterback Romo was already ruled out of the contest, as he continues to recover from a back injury, but the Cowboys were hoping to have Bryant back.
However, the wide receiver, who was listed as questionable for the game during the week and went through resistance training in pre-game, but he was officially ruled out to play Sunday.
Bryant missed the entire practice week to recover from a tibial plateau fracture in his right knee and the medical staff doesn’t think he is fit enough to feature this week.
It means Bryant will miss his second straight game for the Cowboys (3-1).
The receiver, who is expected to miss up to three weeks of competitive action with the injury, could be forced to sit out next week’s contest against the Green Bay Packers, but could return after Dallas’ bye week, which is on October 23.
Bryant, who missed seven games last season because of a broken right foot, has a tally of 11 catches for 150 yards and a touchdown in the team’s first three games this term.
Brice Butler will start for the second straight game.
Meanwhile, for the Bengals, tight end Tyler Eifert has been listed as inactive, after he failed to overcome a back.
According to the NFL website, Eifert was close to playing, but the team decided to rule him out.
ESPN’s Football Power Index is giving the Bengals a slight edge over the Cowboys, listing them with a 50.4 percent chance to snapped Dallas’ three-game win streak.
Cowboys inactives: WR Dez Bryant, RB Lance Dunbar, OT Chaz Green DT David Irving, RB Darius Jackson, QB Tony Romo CB Orlando Scandrick.
Bengals inactives: DB Chykie Brown, QB Jeff Driskel, TE Tyler Eifert, CB KeiVarae Russell, OG Christian Westerman, DT DeShawn Williams, WR James Wright