Dez Bryant (ankle) 'getting better'

Updated: February 25, 2011, 8:59 AM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said wide receiver Dez Bryant has started light jogging under the supervision of a trainer but is not putting a lot of weight on his right ankle during rehab after fracturing it last season.

"Dez has made progress," Garrett said Thursday from Lucas Oil Stadium, site of the NFL scouting combine.

It will be another 4-6 weeks before Bryant, who suffered his season-ending injury on Dec. 5 against the Indianapolis Colts, can start running fully. He is not putting much weight on the leg.

"He's going through his rehab, and it's been a positive experience for him," Garrett said. "We have great people at the Cowboys who take him through that stuff and he's getting better."

Bryant finished the 2010 season with 45 catches for 561 yards, and he was third on the team with six touchdowns. He also had two punt returns for TDs.

His speed and athletic ability have given the Cowboys hope he can get an increased role for 2011.

New wide receivers coach Jimmy Robinson, who worked with Donald Driver and Greg Jennings in Green Bay this past season, will now get a chance to work with Bryant.

"He's a very experienced football coach, and he's coached a lot of different kinds of guys," Garrett said of Robinson. "He's coached star players; he's coached role players. He's coached young guys; he's coached old guys. And they seem to respond to him. He's demanding. He's a very good technician.

"Dez loves to play football. He's got great passion for the game and great enthusiasm for the game. That's really one of the things we love about him. We're going to continue to try and give him direction as a coaching staff, and Jimmy will be a big part of that."

Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com.

Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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