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The Cowboys are still enforcing a strict set of conduct rules on Dez Bryant.

It's not a coincidence that Bryant has kept his nose clean for a couple years now. He has a midnight curfew, isn't allowed to drink alcohol, can't attend strip clubs, must go to counseling twice a week and has a three-man security team 24/7. It sounds overbearing, but Bryant is an asset that is well worth protecting at all costs. The freakish talent is going to be a massive focal point of Scott Linehan's pass-happy scheme.

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones "indicated" that the team has opened extension talks with walk-year WR Dez Bryant.

To be clear, Jones hasn't explicitly said that the sides have begun negotiations. Jones did say Bryant's back woes won't be an issue in talks. "It has no impact on what we do in the future and how we are counting on him," Jones said. Bryant is currently scheduled to make $1.78 million in the final year of his rookie contract.

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Jerry Jones said Scott Linehan will not let Dez Bryant disappear from the Cowboys offense for long stretches.

One fair criticism of the Jason Garrett/Bill Callahan offense was forgetting about their best talent far too often. Bryant saw fewer than 10 targets an inexcusable eight times last season. "[Linehan has] got a track record of really zeroing in and building the offense around the talent, the specific talent and the qualities of the players," said Jones, who went on to cite Linehan's work with Randy Moss and Calvin Johnson as examples. Dez is a legit threat to set career-highs across the board in 2014.

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The Cowboys haven't opened contract extension negotiations with Dez Bryant yet.

Bryant's rookie contract expires following the 2014 season. Ideally, the cap-strapped Cowboys will maneuver a way to get their most talented offensive player locked up this offseason, but it's not going to be easy. Bryant is coming off back-to-back 90-catch, 1200-yard seasons and has scored 25 touchdowns in his last 32 games. He's earned Calvin Johnson/Larry Fitzgerald kind of money. They also want to get LT Tyron Smith signed to a long-term deal.

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Dez Bryant caught eight passes for 99 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 17 loss to the Eagles.

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Dez Bryant (back) is active for Sunday night's Week 17 game against the Eagles.

Bryant has been dealing with back issues all season, but his status was never in doubt. The Cowboys inactives are QB Tony Romo, OT Darrion Weems, LB Sean Lee, CB B.W. Webb, LB Ernie Sims, S Jakar Hamilton, and DE Martez Wilson.

Dez Bryant WR DAL 4 Months's Bryan Broaddus confirms Dez Bryant will visit a back specialist at the end of the season.

Bryant's troublesome back flared up again last week. He's in no danger of missing Sunday night's winner-take-all tilt with the Eagles, but the issue is serious enough that he's not considered out of the woods. Bryant's back has been an issue for much of the season, and going back to last Week 17. Bryant has long been effective playing through pain, so the injury shouldn't be an issue vs. Philly.

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Dez Bryant (back) is practicing Friday.

Bryant's back flared up on him Wednesday, but he was never in danger of missing the crucial Week 17 tilt with the Eagles. He's locked in as a WR1.

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Dez Bryant (back) says there's "no doubt" he'll be ready for Sunday's game against the Eagles.

Bryant was limited Thursday after tweaking his back on Wednesday, but barring a serious setback, he'll be out there as the Cowboys attempt to win the NFC East championship game. Even at less than 100 percent, Bryant will be worth the WR1 price in daily leagues against the Eagles' burnable secondary.

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Dez Bryant (back) is practicing on a limited basis Thursday.

Bryant tweaked his back during Wednesday's session, so the Cowboys are limiting his reps some. He caught some passes Thursday and then did some rehab work while the rest of the offense practiced. Dez might not be at 100 percent Sunday night, but he's almost certainly going to suit up.