It's no secret that Dez Bryant hasn't had the best run ever since the lockout began -- he's been harassed for wearing baggy pants and he's been accused of not paying for a lot of jewelry that he owns.
Perhaps the timing of the off-field issues and the NFL's labor nightmare are simply coincidence, but regardless, Cowboys management doesn't seem too optimistic about what will happen to Dez if the staff can't talk to him for several months.
That's according to Albert Breer of NFL.com, whose Cowboys' sources paint a bleak picture of hope for Bryant's future.
"You have to be worried, based on the stuff he's been through and the history of having done it before, it's kind of a pattern with him," said one of Breer's sources about Bryant. "It's not being able to take care of the things that you'd expect the normal 22 year old to be able to handle.
"Sometimes, it's the simplest things. And a lot of it is not his fault, it's because of the way he was brought up. He's got a good heart, and the best intentions, but all this stuff happens and it takes away from that."
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This isn't about the fact that Bryant is a bad person, by the way. He's not, and the Cowboys don't think that. This is about Bryant needing the support system that the Cowboys' organization offers him.
Unfortunately, because of the lockout, the Cowboys can't talk or meet with Bryant -- meaning they have to sit by helplessly and hope that their first-round investment and would-be superstar receiver can mature all by himself.
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