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Jerry Jones: Dez Bryant has to step up or we’ll move on

Dez Bryant

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant looks on during NFL training camp, Monday, July 30, 2012, in Oxnard, Calif. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)


We heard late Tuesday that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and wide receiver Dez Bryant had finally spoken for the first time since Bryant was arrested for allegedly assaulting his mother.

We got some details about that conversation on Wednesday when Jones joined our own Mike Florio on The Dan Patrick Show. Jones said that Bryant was contrite and sincere when they spoke and praised the wide receiver for the growth that he’s made since coming to the Cowboys. He also said that he was taking the incident seriously and that Bryant needs to “grow up.”

“He’s got to come on, step up and accept responsibility,” Jones said. “I’m demanding that he work through it. He must do it or we can’t count on him.”

Florio followed up by asking if that meant the Cowboys would move on from Bryant and Jones said that it did. The Cowboys aren’t going to dump their 2010 first-round pick at this point, but it’s the first time we’ve heard anything like this come from the team since Bryant’s arrest.

We still haven’t heard anything from Bryant, who hasn’t met with the media since his arrest, but, as Jones made clear, his actions are going to count more than his words going forward.