Dallas, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett plans to talk to wide receiver Dez Bryant, who left the field before the clock ran out in Sunday’s bitter loss to the Green Bay Packers.
“We’ll address that with Dez today,” Garrett said in a radio interview. “I understand why to a certain extent: They’re kneeling the ball, the game essentially is over. He’s an emotional guy; we’re all very emotional about what we do.”
“But he needs to stay out on the field, and I’ll address that with him today, and just explain why it’s important to do that and he’ll understand,” he added.
Bryant, who had 11 catches for 153 yards and a spectacular touchdown, left the bench area with 1:21 remaining as the Packers were running out the clock in an epic 37-36 come-from-behind victory, having rallied from a 26-3 halftime deficit.
“I was wrong,” Bryant admitted Monday. “It didn’t have anything to do with my teammates. I just … I couldn’t watch Green Bay kneel the ball down on the field after a tough loss like that.”
“I was very emotional. I cried when I got into the locker room. I didn’t want to show that stuff on the sideline,” he added.
Garrett said the 25-year-old Bryant should understand how to handle himself in those kind of situations.
“He loves his teammates, he loves this team, has a great passion for winning,” Garrett said. “You have to understand how to handle yourself in those situations. He’ll learn from this situation.