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Dez Bryant Makes Savvy Decision to Skip Pro Bowl

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    ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 21: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates his touchdown reception against the Indianapolis Colts in the first half at AT&T Stadium on December 21, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

    Smartly choosing not to risk his future reward, Cowboys’ receiver Dez Bryant will skip the upcoming Pro Bowl with what he says is a lingering groin injury.

    We all know the injury isn’t serious. And we know that if the Cowboys had a game today Bryant would play and run and jump and do anything within his physical capabilities to help them win. But now, on the verge of free agency, there’s no reason to do anything stupid.

    Such as, well, get seriously injured in a meaningless exhibition game.

    Bryant, who will be replaced by the Packers’ Randall Cobb, caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and a franchise-record 16 touchdowns. He will be a free agent on March 10, although owner Jerry Jones has stated that if a long-term agreement can’t be reached before then the team will use its franchise tag on the receiver to ensure he remains a Cowboy next season.

    Even without Bryant, the Cowboys will have seven players in the Pro Bowl.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.