Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett ended the dunk-gate controversy surrounding receiver Dez Bryant before it even got started.
Bryant will not practice Saturday because of a hamstring injury he suffered in practice Thursday. He is officially listed as day to day. The Cowboys had Friday off.
Garrett said Bryant injured his hamstring running a route and not while dunking the ball over the goal post after catching a touchdown pass.
Garrett said the Cowboys don’t want any of their players getting hurt on a celebration. But he said they love Bryant’s passion and don’t want to take “the Dez out of Dez.”
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He again reiterated that Bryant was hurt running a route and not on the celebration.
“Dez is a passionate guy and he loves football,” Garrett said. “If we get every player and every coach and every staff member in our organization to have the passion, emotion and enthusiasm for the game that Dez Bryant has, we’re going to win a lot of games. Sometimes there are manifestations of that. Certainly you don’t want a player getting hurt when he celebrates. That’s not what happened. Dez got hurt on a route. But we don’t think his injury is serious. We don’t want to take the Dez out of Dez, though. Dez is a special player and he brings so much to our football team.”