IRVING, Texas – A fumbled punt. Removed from the punt return team, then re-inserted with the game on the line.
A remarkable touchdown grab only to be taken away because of a couple of fingers that went out of bounds. What wasn’t taken away was an injured hip on the play, something that has kept him out of practice this week.
And that’s just the football stuff.
Dez Bryant has had an emotional rollercoaster of a week already, throwing in the fact that his domestic violence charge involving his mother that occurred back in early July has not been resolved.
But Bryant said Thursday his focus remains on football, and it sounds like he’s preparing himself to play against the Falcons, despite his lack of participation in practice.
“Oh, I’ll be ready … but it’s there,” Bryant said of the hip injury that occurred on that near-touchdown catch. “I think I’ll be fine.”
Bryant, who hasn’t regularly talked to the media during the week this season, sounded rather humbled, especially when asked about the Cowboys removing him from punt returns.
“I understand it,” Bryant said. “I don’t like it because I want to do it. I’m going to continue to keep working at it. It’s not hard for me to catch a punt. I just need to feel it in and stop looking upfield and think before catching the rock. That should be my first objective, to catch the ball and then go make a play.”
After Bryant’s muffed punt, and then lost fumble, he was replaced by receivers Cole Beasley and Dwayne Harris, who actually left practice Thursday with a neck injury and might be questionable to play this week.