It didn't take long for the reports to surface.
Only minutes after the Dallas Cowboys selected former Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant with the 25th overall pick in last week's draft, it was reported that Bryant had (and, we suppose, has) an irregular heartbeat. Calvin Watkins at ESPNDallas.com was the first to report the condition, adding that Bryant was diagnosed at the combine in February.
According to Bryant and the Cowboys, the anomaly is not a concern.
"The teams that I visited said I was fine," Bryant said recently. "I feel fine. They worked me out and said I was fine."
Arrhythmia ranges in severity from the life-threatening, which can lead to cardiac arrest, to the minor, which may not even be noticed; judging by the team's, and Bryant's reaction to the news--as well as the fact that it was "news" at all to Bryant--it would seem, thankfully, that the receiver's is of the latter classification.
Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said that he knew about the condition and all but dismissed it.
"All of our doctors reviewed that and it's just not something we were concerned about," Jones told ESPNDallas. "As a matter of fact, in visiting with experts in that area, they really did not in any way make a special notice of it. More importantly, more than anything, it isn't and it wouldn't have a negative impact on his ability to be a ball player or effect his ability to have a normal life."