INDIANAPOLIS – Cowboys rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant had to be helped off the field during Dallas' overtime win at Indianapolis after injuring himself on a kick return. The Cowboys announced later in the game that Bryant had suffered a fractured right ankle, according to FOX's Pam Oliver.
ESPN.com's Todd Archer cited multiple sources saying Bryant will undergo season-ending surgery Monday to repair the fracture.
Bryant was unavailable for comment after the game.
Bryant was injured when he was tackled awkwardly at the end of a 21-yard return. Indianapolis' Kavell Conner grabbed Bryant by the right leg, then appeared to roll over top of Bryant's ankle as he pulled him down. The Cowboys' training staff immediately tended to Bryant on the field, then helped him hop off without putting any weight on his right leg.
Bryant missed five preseason games with a high-ankle sprain, and also played through various injuries during the regular season, including hip, left and left ankle.
"He certainly made great strides in his rookie year," Cowboys interim head coach Jason Garrett said. "We talked about that before with a guy that missed as much training camp as he did to make the impact that he made on our football team has been significant.
"He'll learn from these experiences and hopefully he'll continue to learn this year when he's out."
Bryant finished the season with 45 catches for 561 yards and six touchdowns and also returned two punt returns for touchdowns.
"It's unfortunate for him because especially as a rookie you want to get as many reps and playing time as you can," Cowboys quarterback Jon Kitna said. "You just learn the game. You learn the nuances. You learn the little things going on in a game that you can get better at."