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Giants vs. Cowboys -- Dez Bryant ruled out

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Dallas' star receiver will have to wait at least one more week before making his return to the field.

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants catch something of a break in Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Dez Bryant, who stayed home to get an extra day of rest rather than travel with the rest of the team, did not travel today and has been ruled out for Sunday's game.

While the Giants would say that they always want to face their opponents at their very best, Bryant's absence is a break for a team that hasn't gotten many lately. With leading receivers Odell Beckham and Rueben Randle slowed by hamstring injuries, and starting corner Prince Amukamara out with a partially torn pectoral muscle, the injury scales have been somewhat balanced. Matt Cassel has still won in this league, and the Giants will still have their hands full -- as always -- with Jason Witten and the Cowboys' running game. However, they can at least breathe a bit easier without one potential match-up problem between Bryant and Jayron Hosley or whoever covers the slot.