If you’ve watched Dez Bryant play football, you know he doesn’t like going to the ground. He will stiff arm to the point of punching defenders in the facemask, flail his body wildly like that last bull in “Eight Seconds,” whatever it takes in order to avoid going to the turf. It’s incredibly entertaining to watch, but it is also somewhat risky for a guy the Cowboys hope will live up to the old no. 88 legacy.
Enter Jerry Jones, the Cowboys’ owner/general manager/guy who decided to bestow no. 88 on Bryant in the first place. He made an appearance on 105.3 The Fan this week, and yes, he is concerned over this particular aspect of the second year receiver’s game.
“Now, the game is one that you risk injury on every play, but because he just refuses to go down – which is a great thing about him – then you’ve got to watch using that in situations like kick returns,” Jones said, via ESPN Dallas. “We’ll monitor that as the year goes. We’ll play that by ear as to when he’ll actually return the ball. We’ve got to watch him.
“I’m not going to say he’s injury prone, but I will say he’s more subject to getting hit and hurt with the way he stands up and fights it than probably any player we’ve got.”
Indeed. And on a semi-related note, unless something changes, Bryant will do the punt returning against the Eagles on Sunday night.
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