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Dez Bryant May Get Served Lawsuit for Allegedly Failing to Pay a Debt

Just when Dez Bryant was telling everyone all his off-field problems were over, a report says he may get served with a lawsuit for allegedly failing to pay a debt.

The Boston Herald says “Endurance Capital Fund, a NY-based micro-finance company, is alleging that Bryant borrowed $100,000 and has refused to repay the full amount owed. The debt is now over one year past due, and Bryant currently owes more than $50,000.”

Endurance Capital Fund reportedly works with athletes to help them purchase luxury items. The report says Dez has avoided being served in Texas, so the company may try to serve him when he’s in town for the Giants-Cowboys game this weekend.

Given Bryant’s history of financial issues, this report should come as no surprise. We wrote in September that Dez might need a new contract just to pay his debts. That seems a lot more legitimate given this suit.

Dez Bryant Wore ‘Lazy But Talented’ Shirt After Cowboys Practice

Dez Bryant is either really honest with himself, or he was screwing with the media Wednesday. John Machota at Cowboys Blog says Dez was rocking a shirt that said “Lazy but Talented” after practice.

I know Dez has had plenty of problems off the field, but I haven’t heard many complaints about his work ethic. I’m sure he was just trying to screw around. The second-year receiver has 796 yards and 9 touchdowns on the season. The last part of the shirt certainly applies.

Dez Bryant Says He Has Been Working on Stealing Victor Cruz’s TD Dance

The Cowboys may have suffered at heartbreaking loss at home to the Giants on Sunday night, but at least somebody in Dallas got something out of it. Dez Bryant has decided he wants to be more like Victor Cruz. He tried that on Sunday, not only by scoring a 50-yard touchdown but also by busting out Cruz’s end zone celebration: the salsa dance.

“Man, I practiced it the whole week, I’m not going to lie,” Bryant said after the loss according to ESPNDallas.com. “You can look at it both ways. I think I’m a little bit more looser than Victor Cruz, so I might just have to steal his dance. I might turn it into a regular.”

Having emerged as one of the best receivers in the NFL as of late, Cruz has perfected the dance.  Bryant must be fairly agile if he can impersonate Michael Vick in practice, so perhaps there is hope for him as a salsa dancer.  However, the celebration is far more legit when your team is on the comeback and not the choke side of the fourth quarter.

H/T to NBC Dallas for passing the story along.

Dez Bryant Impersonates Michael Vick at Cowboys Practice

Michael Vick is a special player. He has skills that very few other players possess, which makes him hard to defend. He’s even harder to prepare for in practice because so few players can replicate what he does.

With the Cowboys preparing to face the Eagles Sunday, Dallas looked to wide receiver Dez Bryant to perform his best Michael Vick impression.

“He gave us a good look,” outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware said of Dez’s impersonation. “He was fast. I was in front of him, and I made the tackle.”

“He can throw the ball 60 yards, and it looks like it’s on a frozen rope like Vick’s is too, with that lefty spin,” Cowboys inside linebacker Sean Lee said. “…[Bryant's imitation] was dead on. The way he runs. The way he moves. Their play-making ability.”

Dez is left handed, which helps simulate the Vick look. He’s also super fast, and from what the players say, he can throw the ball well.

It’s a good thing he didn’t get hurt doing his Vick impression given how frequently he gets injured. I’m sure Dallas will be better prepared now after facing Dez, but I still like Philly to win this game. Can’t go against the Eagles coming off a bye week — they’re 12-0 after byes under Andy Reid.

Dez Bryant Respects 90s Cowboys Teams But Wants to Make ‘A Path of Our Own’

As is the case with any great franchise, people have a tendency to compare the Cowboys of now to the Cowboys of old.  During the Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin years, Dallas dominated the NFL.  These days, the pride and joy of Jerry Jones is fighting for its playoff life.  After hearing comparisons between this year’s team and the Cowboys teams of the 90s following Sunday’s win over St. Louis, Dez Bryant made it clear that he wants this Dallas team to form its own identity.

“We respect what the 90′s (teams) did,” Bryant said according to the Dallas Morning News. “Great team. Much respect to all of them. They’re still great and forever will be great. But we want to make a path of our own. I feel like if we continue to keep playing the way we did, we’ll get there someday, hopefully.”

Since Bryant has heard so much criticism from those who used to wear the uniform of America’s team, it’s no surprise he wants to hold off on the comparisons.  Until Tony Romo can stop choking away games, he should never be compared to a winner like Troy Aikman.  DeMarco Murray is on pace to break every team rushing record the Cowboys have, but he has exactly one NFL start on his resume.  The offense looked explosive against the Rams, but we’re talking about the Rams.  This is not the 1990s, and the Cowboys need fans and analysts to recognize that so they can perform under lower expectations.

Jim Schwartz on Dez Bryant Celebrating Incompletion: Had to Set Him Straight

Dez Bryant had a splendid game for the Cowboys on Sunday, catching two touchdown passes from Tony Romo in a 34-30 loss to the Lions. He finished with 3 catches for 37 yards, but he missed out on even better stats when a spectacular catch he made along the sidelines was reviewed and ruled incomplete. Bryant was fired up over the catch, but Jim Schwartz challenged the call and won. The friction between the men was apparent throughout the game, and it culminated with Schwartz calling Dez a naughty name.

On his weekly Lions Review show on WXYT, Schwartz got in a nice little dig at Dez.

“I don’t talk to a lot of players, but when you’re celebrating an incomplete pass, and you’re taunting a defense and taunting the sideline because you thought you made a great catch, and it was incomplete, we have to let you know you,” Schwartz said. “We had to let him know he didn’t make a catch since midway through the first quarter, and that was going to be incomplete.”

And according to the Detroit Free Press, Schwartz added on Tuesday that he’s “never seen somebody celebrate an incomplete pass so much, so we wanted to make sure that he knew that it was incomplete.”

Even if the catch didn’t count, it was a heck of a play. I can understand why Dez was fired up. But Schwartz pretty much killed Dez’s buzz by going “scoreboard” on him. There’s nothing wrong with Dez getting pumped about a nice play (even if it didn’t count), and there was nothing wrong with Schwartz trying to put him back in place. And of course the Lions reserved their celebrating until after the game.

Drew Pearson Blasts Dez Bryant for Not Being Able to Finish Against Jets

Less than a full quarter into the Sunday night game between the Jets and Cowboys, people were already thinking “this dude is going to be a beast” while admiring Dez Bryant. Tony Romo looked toward Bryant early and often and Bryant rewarded his quarterback by coming up with a couple of fantastic catches. After firing up all of his fantasy owners to kick off 2011, Bryant suffered a quad injury and failed to contribute for the remainder of the night.

We know Dez has had some off-field issues and a few financial problems, but he has the type of talent that could make him one of the NFL’s top receivers.  In order to do that, Bryant will have to prove he can remain healthy.  According to a former Cowboys receiver who happened to wear jersey No. 88, Bryant needs to show he can finish games.

“You saw what happened in the fourth quarter,” Drew Pearson told 103.3 FM’s Ben and Skin Show Monday according to the Dallas Morning News. “We had wide receivers that couldn’t finish the game. Come on! Jeez! The first quarter was spectacular. Great job, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah. But now we need you in the fourth quarter and you can’t even run? You catch three passes in the first quarter and then you get targeted five times after that and you don’t make any catches? . . . Let’s not be so high on this guy who hasn’t really done anything. He missed four games last season, he comes in this game and he can’t finish it out.

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