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Dez Bryant Injury: Cowboys expect wide receiver to play against Eagles in Week 9

An injury update on the Eagles' enemy.

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles likely won't be able to avoid playing Dez Bryant during the 2015 NFL season. Dallas believes their star wide receiver is set to return by the team's Week 9 game against the Eagles at the latest, according to a report from NFL insider Mike Garafolo.

Bryant originally injured his foot during the Cowboys' Week 1 victory over the New York Giants and hasn't played since. The original time-frame given for Bryant's recovery was listed as four to six weeks, so based on that he always had a good chance to return by Week 9.

The Eagles dodged Bryant during their Week 2 game against the Cowboys, but still lost anyway. They will have a tall task of keeping him in check if/when he returns to the field in this upcoming game.

One key Cowboys player who will definitely not be playing in Week 9 is Tony Romo. The Dallas quarterback suffered a broken left collarbone after being hit by Eagles rookie linebacker Jordan Hicks in Week 2. The Cowboys placed Romo on the injured reserve/designated to return list, which means he won't be eligible to return to the active until Nov. 22 at the earliest. The Eagles and Cowboys play their second matchup of the season on Sunday, Nov. 8.