For the past couple days, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had avoided talking to Dez Bryant. The WR had been arrested, and Jones told a radio station that he was “too pissed” to do so. All that stems, of course, from Bryant’s arrest for allegedly hitting his mother. Well, that has changed. Perhaps this situation is quieting down for Dallas.
Jones acknowledged that his “disappointment” with Bryant was why he hadn’t talked with him. “That’s one of the main reasons,” Jones said. “You know as a daddy sometimes, you’re not supposed to spank when you’re mad. I wanted to get the information, like I said the other day, but I also wanted to get my mind right so we could really have a good talk about it.“
“We’ve had a great visit,” Jones said.
That happened today. Jones wouldn’t say if he feels better about the situation, though. That means, I’d assume, he doesn’t. Can’t blame him.
Meanwhile, Jones said Bryant has been “very impressive, both practices, yesterday and today. He’s working hard, has big blisters on both feet, but is practicing lights out, practicing really well.“
Bryant has been looking great. He’s routinely beaten rookie Morris Claiborne, giving him a nice schooling. And now, at least a small part of the drama is over. Bryant has not addressed the situation publicly, and a possible charge is still out there. He isn’t likely to do so until then.
Jones wasn’t done talking, though. He also addressed the three players who failed conditioning tests and are doing “remedial running.” They will be re-taking the conditioning test tomorrow, Jones said.
The owner wouldn’t make excuses for the players, adding that “Felix (Jones) needs to get on the field.” But interestingly enough, he called Jones “the antithesis” of someone who doesn’t work out and stressed the need to keep him from overworking. He insinuated Jones was dehydrated during the test, but then didn’t want to make excuses. Felix Jones has Jerry Jones’ slack because of what he’s done over the years “but the other guys need to get out here and pass this test.“
Finally, on the subject of CB Mike Jenkins, Jones said he wouldn’t take the test yet. But “he looks in better shape than all of them. He told me he’s really been working,” Jones concluded. But Jenkins needs to see Dr. James Andrews about his shoulder first.