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VIDEO: Dez Bryant Staying in Shape as He Aims for Mid-October NFL Return

Zach Brunner

Dez Bryant's return to the NFL last season with the New Orleans Saints was cut short, after Bryant suffered a torn Achilles tendon before ever seeing the field in a Saints uniform. Working his way back into playing shape, the veteran wide receiver is aiming for an NFL return in mid-October.

A mid-October return for Bryant would be just before his 31st birthday. It would also be his ninth season in the NFL, excluding last season since he was injured before appearing in a game.

Over his eight seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, Bryant caught a total of 531 passes for 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns. Often relying on his physicality and athleticism, his final few seasons with the team were hampered by injuries. In his prime from 2012-14, Bryant had three straight seasons of over 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns, with his 1,300-yard, 16-touchdown 2014 season being his best.

There's no telling how effective Bryant will be when he returns to the field, but the assumption is that he would join a contender in pursuit of a ring. A Seattle Seahawks team initially could be an ideal landing spot for the veteran, where he will contribute immediately and teach rookie D.K. Metcalf how to use his physicality to be effective. Other contending teams that would benefit from the veteran wide receiver could be the Los Angeles Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers and, as always, the New England Patriots.

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