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Cowboys love Dez Bryant’s “passion,” don’t think it’s “overboard”

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AP

The Cowboys eventually found Dez Bryant’s earring, which went missing during their practice fight with the Rams Tuesday.

But the thing he keeps losing is his cool, though the team seems unworried.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he was fine with his star wide receiver’s “passion” for the game, which often leads to non-stop jawing with opponents, which helped earn him a punch in the face from Rams cornerback Imoan Claiborne.

I didn’t see real issues,” Garrett said, via Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com. “I love Dez Bryant, our coaches love Dez Bryant, our players love Dez Bryant. There’s a lot to love about Dez Bryant.”

Bryant wasn’t even practicing against the Rams because of a hamstring strain, but he kept the verbal part of the altercation going throughout the process. He even begged coaches to let him into drills so he could “compete” against the guys he was talking to. That follows a similar pattern to his fight with teammate Tyler Patmon, after the talking would not stop and eventually turned into something more.

“I don’t know that overboard is the word,” Garrett said. “You want it to be channeled and focused in the right direction. You never want to diminish someone’s passion for something. Certainly Dez Bryant’s passion for football is something we all admired and if we all had it, we’d have a hell of a football team.”

At least as long as that passion didn’t carry over into games and they got thrown out or suspended, since that seems to be the only time the league cares about fighting.