Source: Odds of Dez Bryant playing against Seahawks are about ’50/50′

Dallas’ Dez Bryant walked through the lobby of the Westin in Jersey City on Saturday night and took the elevator up to the third floor, where many of his teammates were wrapping up their meeting. They were surprised to see Bryant, who hadn’t flown with the team the day before and paid his own way so he could be on the sidelines on Sunday.

That was Bryant’s way of pushing to be a part of the game six weeks after surgery on his foot. This week, he will make another push to be a bigger part — as in, a part of the huddle.

A source with knowledge of the training staff’s assessment of Bryant told FOX Sports it’s "50/50" right now whether he plays against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. The source also said, if Bryant can’t make it this week, the Cowboys fully expect Bryant to be on the field the following week against the Philadelphia Eagles.

FOX’s Jay Glazer reported on Sunday morning Bryant experienced pain his foot after doing some work last week. Glazer also suggested the Cowboys wait until the bone is fully healed before Bryant plays, but the team’s belief he’ll be ready in the next two weeks (which would be eight weeks removed from surgery) indicates it knows it won’t be fully healed. It actually takes a few months after surgery for a Jones fracture to fully heal.

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The Cowboys are reeling. Bryant’s return, along with Tony Romo, is their only hope to stay afloat in the NFC East. The Cowboys are expecting that return to be sooner, rather than later.

This is an excerpt that originally appeared in Mike Garafolo’s ‘Six Points’ column.