Matt Mosley: Bryant, Woodson situations could signal rough patch 05:53 PM CDT on Friday, July 23, 2004 IRVING – While the Cowboys took on another reclamation project Friday, trouble lurked. The signing of former Titans running back Eddie George to a one-year contract may help solidify the team’s running game. But as owner and general manager Jerry Jones posed with the soon-to-be 31-year-old back, George’s agent was already answering questions about another Cowboys player. Lamont Smith also happens to represent receiver Antonio Bryant, who still hasn’t met with coach Bill Parcells regarding last month’s jersey-tossing contest. Smith told USA Today on Wednesday that Bryant wouldn’t show at training camp without first meeting with Parcells. Now, it would seem that Bryant and his agent wouldn’t be in the best position to make ultimatums. And so a day later Smith was backpedaling faster than a slick politician. "I know what Antonio is going to say. I know what his position is," Smith said. "I think that if he says and does those things, then he's going to be a Cowboy." To hear Smith tell it Friday, it sounded like Parcells and Bryant could be on the back nine by Monday afternoon. But an unusually tight-lipped Jones didn’t want anything to do with the subject. He did emphatically say that he and Parcells were on the same page regarding Bryant’s future. After weeks of not hearing anything on the Bryant front, everyone seemed to think last month’s incident had blown over. Something in Jones’ strained smile suggested otherwise. He promised to let everyone know something by next Friday, but he looked quite uncomfortable doing so. According to teammates, Bryant has been back in town for several weeks. But he hasn’t set foot inside Valley Ranch. For a player who challenged the authority of an NFL coaching legend, that seems like a curious move. Parcells did tell guard Larry Allen to stay away from Valley Ranch earlier this off-season before the two smoothed things over. If Jones or Parcells didn’t tell Bryant to stay home, then he’s done a very poor job of reconciliation. Mixed with Friday’s news that starting safety Darren Woodson could miss up to eight weeks with a back injury, Jones’ silence regarding Bryant is not a good sign. The Cowboys have shored up their running back situation but have taken a step back at receiver and safety. Jones did his best to spin the injury, saying that if a player had to miss training camp, he’s glad it’s a veteran such as Woodson. But even if Woodson is healthy in September, he’ll have a tough time getting into condition. Woodson's absence means that the Cowboys could start the season with Tony Dixon as the starting safety. And you thought Mario Edwards had trouble at cornerback? Dixon has done absolutely nothing to distinguish himself during his three years in the league. Unless the Cowboys try to bring someone else in, NFL Europe all-star Keith Davis could get a shot at safety. No, the sky isn’t getting ready to fall. But there’s definitely some rough weather ahead.