Dez Bryant proves core value

WR's sacrifice, dependability show he's capable of being franchise cornerstone

Updated: December 17, 2012, 3:43 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- If any doubt lingered, it's long gone now. Dez Bryant has earned the right to be considered a crucial part of the Dallas Cowboys' core.

This isn't about numbers, although Bryant has produced like an All-Pro recently, catching 34 passes for 584 yards and eight touchdowns while the Cowboys have won five of the past six games to emerge as legitimate playoff contenders.

It's about being the kind of dude that teammates can depend on, as long as the doctors allow ...

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