Monday, December 31, 2012
Dez Bryant's season ends quietly
By Calvin Watkins
IRVING, Texas -- It wasn't a broken finger that ended Dez Bryant's season but back spasms so severe, he needed a wheelchair to leave FedEx Field, that cost him to miss the late stages of Sunday night's loss to the Washington Redskins.
Bryant finished the game with four catches for 71 yards and no touchdowns, ending his string of consecutive games with a touchdown at seven.
On season, Bryant finished tied for 10th in receptions (92), sixth in yards (1,382) and produced the fifth best receiving game of the NFL season. Bryant snagged 224 yards in a loss to New Orleans in a Week 16 loss to New Orleans.
Bryant has a career 200 receptions, placing him 20th in franchise history. His receiving yardage was the fourth-most yards in a single-season in franchise history.
In the Cowboys locker room after the game, Bryant was laying in pain on a trainers table as strength and conditioning coach Mike Woicik tried to rub his lower back. Bryant needed help by two trainers to his stall and to the shower area.
Said a somber Jason Garrett on Bryant: "Back, he hurt his back. He really couldn't even walk."
It was a wonderful season for Bryant, who missed a Pro Bowl bid despite his numbers and he emerged as a talented threat in the passing game. Quarterback Tony Romo developed a trust with him during the season and it showed during the season. It was clear when Bryant didn't get any touches in a game, the Cowboys missed him and it seemed the rhythm of the offense struggled, especially Sunday night.
Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall provided tight coverage on Bryant forcing Romo to look elsewhere.
"Well, they just came after us a lot with some pressures that gave us some trouble," Romo said. "We did the best that we could. At different times, we didn't handle it as well, at other times, we handled it well. But give (Washington) credit, they played a very good football game and made it very difficult to move the ball on them through the air."