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Dez Bryant shows up at the Cowboys’ OTAs for individual work

Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant showed up to Valley Ranch on Thursday to work in individual drills during the team’s OTAs.
Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant showed up to Valley Ranch on Thursday to work in individual drills during the team’s OTAs. Star-Telegram

The Cowboys knew Dez Bryant missed practicing with his teammates more than they missed him being at Valley Ranch. As it turns out, he couldn’t stay away.

Bryant participated in individual drills during Thursday’s organized team activity, according to a source. The All-Pro receiver did not do any team or group work.

Bryant still has not signed the franchise-tag tender, which guarantees him $12.823 million, in hopes of getting a long-term deal by the July 15 deadline. He has been working out on his own, with only a handful of appearances at Valley Ranch this off-season.

The OTAs are voluntary, and Bryant, if he remains unsigned, he is not required to attend the team’s mandatory minicamp June 16-18.

“Obviously, he’s working on the business part of his contract, working through this franchise-player tag,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday. “We’ve been in communication with him; he’s been in communication with his teammates. He seems to be in great shape whenever we’ve seen him, but he has not been here.”

Bryant, 26, earned All-Pro honors last season with 88 catches for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Charean Williams, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @NFLCharean

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