THIS HAD ALREADY been an eventful year for Cowboys All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant, who signed a five-year, $70 million contract in July, then fractured his right foot against the Giants in Week 1. Bryant returned to game action on Sunday in Dallas, but that was not even the most notable event of his past week. To wit:
Bryant gets into a shouting match with defensive end Greg Hardy late in a 27--20 road loss to the Giants after Hardy rips the special teams for giving up a 100-yard kickoff return in the team's fourth straight defeat. Bryant later insists it was "just football."
An Instagram photo of Bryant holding a baby capuchin monkey, which he named Dallas Bryant, with the caption, "My new best friend" goes viral.
For the first time since he suffered his injury on Sept. 13, Bryant is able to practice.
Bryant boasts to reporters in the locker room, "You should have seen me in one-on-ones."
In a 13--12 loss to the Seahawks in Dallas, Bryant has two catches for 15 yards and appears to taunt Seattle WR Ricardo Lockette after Lockette suffers a concussion and ligament damage in his neck. Bryant denied the taunting postgame, but only after yelling at reporters, "Stay the f--- away! This is our f------ locker room."
PETA requests an investigation into Bryant's "possible illegal possession" of the monkey.
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MARK J. TERRILL/AP (BRYANT PRACTICING)
BRANDON WADE/AP (BRYANT)