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Deion Sanders has no problem with Dez Bryant's sideline outburst during the loss to the Lions on Sunday

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Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is catching a lot of criticism for his sideline outburst in the third quarter of the loss to the Lions in Detroit on Sunday. None of it is coming from the direction of former Cowboy, Deion Sanders, though.

Quite the contrary in fact. Sanders, now an analyst for the NFL Network, praised Bryant for his passion and hinted that Dallas would be better off of Bryant’s teammates brought the same fire to the game.

"He is the only guy on that team that plays with that kind of passion. The only guy," Sanders said on Sunday, per NFL.com. “... At certain times he shows immaturity. (However), you can't want the passion, mental toughness and aggressiveness on the field but not want it off the field. I guarantee you he is yelling about the way his team is performing... and ball distribution... You can't ask for his passion and intensity in certain areas of the game but not really want it when it is really going down."

Sanders added that he doesn’t believe the team will be distracted by the much-publicized outburst going forward.

“I don't believe so, because I feel like he is the only guy in the city of Dallas that Cowboy fans can identify with,” Sanders said. “He is really the only guy that plays with that type of passion and intensity. I love Sean Lee. I love what he brings to the table. But offensively, he is the only guy that you have.”

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