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Jerry Jones not happy Dez Bryant gets hurt on punt returns

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Dallas’ wild, weird loss to the Jets looked even worse in the locker room after the game when injury news came out.

Starting cornerback Orlando Scandrick will miss 3-4 weeks with an ankle injury.

“We didn’t get a good enough shot on the X-ray,” owner Jerry Jones said via ESPNDallas.com. “It’s a high ankle. It’s a fracture. It’s something like that. Three or four weeks is what the doctors told me.”

The Cowboys were already thin at cornerback with Terence Newman hurt.  Mike Jenkins was in and out of the lineup on Sunday night.

Meanwhile, wide receiver Dez Bryant was slowed in the second half because of a brusied quad suffered on a punt return.  Jones wasn’t happy about how Bryant was hurt after the game.

“I’m just saying he’s getting hurt on returns,” Jones said. “He got knocked out last year and got limited in this game on a punt return.”

Bryant is clearly a sensational talent, but he still has to show he is durable. He said he enjoys being on returns.

“I love doing it,” said Bryant. “I just feel like things happen. I love it a lot. I feel like any moment, I can make a big splash on it. But, hey, it’s whatever Mr. Jones wants. If he don’t want me doing it, it’d be sad. I would love to continue doing it, but hey, he makes the calls.”

Most teams have a coach for that.

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  1. billinva says: Sep 12, 2011 8:21 AM

    Good thing Jerrah is the coach.

  2. icelovinbrotha215 says: Sep 12, 2011 8:23 AM

    I wouldn’t happy too. It doesn’t make much sense using your most explosive WR as your starting PR. Using him in desperate situation makes more sense.

  3. karlpilkington says: Sep 12, 2011 8:27 AM

    Whatever Mr. Jones wants??! Well there is your problem cowturd fans. Shouldnt it be whatever the redhead wants?

  4. supashug says: Sep 12, 2011 8:28 AM

    who cares, really, who cares about this at all

  5. nitschke66 says: Sep 12, 2011 8:29 AM

    Wow, the J-E-T-S were lucky Romo coughed up the ball twice or the Cowboys would have put it out of reach. And that’s w/o Dez Bryant doing anything in the 2nd half. Dallas has bigger issues than Dez Bryan on returns….Jerry Snyder Jones.

  6. luckyarmpit says: Sep 12, 2011 8:30 AM

    I don’t know why Jerry Jones just doesn’t put on a headset and take over the head coach position. He just needs to write the checks and let the coaching staff do the coaching. I understand it’s his team and he can do as he pleases, but the Cowboys are going to continue to be a mediocre team, regardless of talent, until Jerry stops meddling in coaching decisions.

  7. KIR says: Sep 12, 2011 8:34 AM

    I’m more concerned with the coaches keeping him in when it was obvious he was hurt and a handicap to the team. :-(

  8. RussianBreadMaker says: Sep 12, 2011 8:35 AM

    5-11 if they’re lucky

  9. citizenstrange says: Sep 12, 2011 8:38 AM

    But if Dez Bryant had returned three punts for touchdowns Jones would be gloating on how he was a genius for drafting him because “I really felt like he could make some splash plays for our special teams” or some crap like that.

    Jones had to know BEFORE the game that Garrett was having Bryant return punts and should have stopped him in his tracks then and told him not to do it.

    NOT cherry pick afterwards and say “I told you so” when he clearly didn’t tell him so.

  10. dirtydrynn27 says: Sep 12, 2011 8:39 AM

    Dez Bryant can be a dominant reciever,however I feel like he has trouble staying healthy throughout the season.I think Dallas should fine someone else to return kicks if they want to keep Dez healthy!……And Tony Romo really knows how to louse things up when the game is on the line!

  11. narrabeen23 says: Sep 12, 2011 8:41 AM

    All you have to do is ask Raider fans how the old Owner/HC hybrid ultimately works out.

  12. itsmammoth says: Sep 12, 2011 8:42 AM

    and here comes the 50+ Comments of Cowboys haters jumping all over a Week 1 loss. Go worry about your own team.

  13. readysethike says: Sep 12, 2011 8:43 AM

    Unless they put Felix Jones or Miles Austin back on punt return then make the change, besides that there is no one else on that team who would make an impact returnin kicks

  14. kingjoe1 says: Sep 12, 2011 8:44 AM

    So does Jason Garrett take the smack-down by Jones or will we see Dez out there on punt returns next week?

    I say the ivy league yahoo, caves to Double J and we wont see Dez out on special teams again.

  15. omnipresentfan says: Sep 12, 2011 8:47 AM

    Bryant said: “If he don’t want me doing it, it’d be sad.”

    In another development:
    If Jerruh do want Bryant to go to grammar school, it’d great!

    -cowboys fans

  16. goldrush4949 says: Sep 12, 2011 8:47 AM

    Jerry Jones is quickly becoming the Al Davis of the NFC.

  17. Land Snark says: Sep 12, 2011 8:52 AM

    “Most teams have a coach for that.”

    Bingo!

    But with old Skeletor at the reins it will never be a head coach’s team.

    Just don’t tell Jason Garrett or the Dallas media that.

    They seem to think Garrett is running the show still.

  18. dmccarrie says: Sep 12, 2011 8:53 AM

    Wah Jerry, Wah!

  19. dclogicatlast says: Sep 12, 2011 8:54 AM

    Jerrah!

  20. supafinger says: Sep 12, 2011 8:55 AM

    Dez looked downright unstoppable on the first drive.

  21. deenice810 says: Sep 12, 2011 8:55 AM

    It good to see Coach Jones making personnel decisions after games.
    When does he say how his quarterback chokes in pressure situations.

  22. ny82jy says: Sep 12, 2011 8:58 AM

    If i had a receiever as good as him i would never put him at risk rerurning kicks. I know hes a dangerous returner but its not worth the risk imo. On a side note i wish i could have saw jerrys face when romo threw that pick. Previous to that the cameras were all over him and he was all happy and smiling like they had already won the game. Jerry the games not over till its over especially when Romo is your qb

  23. tundey says: Sep 12, 2011 9:06 AM

    So Jerry Jones is now the head coach?

  24. puregenius47 says: Sep 12, 2011 9:09 AM

    Most teams have a coach for that.

    Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  25. kmg1016 says: Sep 12, 2011 9:11 AM

    Jones is 100% right. The negative of putting Bryant in harm’s way on punt returns far outweighs the potential benefit of a big return. Players like Ted Ginn Jr. can be acquired for pennies on the dollar when they bust as WRs. WRs like Bryant are very rare, and there’s no reason to put their health at much greater risk by having them return punts.

  26. phillyisinvading says: Sep 12, 2011 9:24 AM

    You don’t see Jeff Lurie doing player injury reports to the media.

  27. heyguru1969 says: Sep 12, 2011 9:26 AM

    The kicking game is where more injuries happen than anywhere else, and I’m always amazed at guys like Dez and DeSean Jackson being sent back for punts. For the once-in-a-while they break one, is it worth the risk? Heck let a guy like Jesse Holley go back there and tell him if there’s anyone within 20 yards fair catch it. The Cowboys have the offense to created better field position by themselves than mess with such a high-risk play as Dez back on punts.

  28. clintonportisheadd says: Sep 12, 2011 9:30 AM

    Every now and then Mr Botox stumbles upon the truth.

    Given that Bryant is leading the team in both explosiveness and unpaid jewelry lawsuits, he should not be exposed to injury on those type of plays. Get Devin Moore for that job. I think the Colts cut him last week…

  29. "Cue the haters in 3….2…..1……” says: Sep 12, 2011 9:36 AM

    I for one thought the Cowboys looked great at times much better than playoff teams like KC, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Atlanta. Of course they will get hated on all day, but you saw them dominate that game and then lose on a few typical Cowboy mistake. Clean those up, and the BOYS may be legit this year.

  30. waltdawg says: Sep 12, 2011 9:42 AM

    Jerry is also not happy about World Hunger, but sometimes things happen…

  31. bravin4evr says: Sep 12, 2011 9:46 AM

    I can understand being upset about Dez getting hurt on punt returns; but he should really be upset about paying Romo so much!

  32. Cowboys-Forum says: Sep 12, 2011 9:49 AM

    puregenius47 says: Sep 12, 2011 9:09 AM

    Most teams have a coach for that.

    Couldn’t have said it better myself.
    __________________________

    And how did that decision workout for JG, he got Dez hurt, real smart.

  33. Cowboys-Forum says: Sep 12, 2011 9:51 AM

    phillyisinvading says: Sep 12, 2011 9:24 AM

    You don’t see Jeff Lurie doing player injury reports to the media.
    _______________________________
    You know something else i havent seen Jeff Jurie doing………………………………………..thats right, lifting Super Bowls trophies, oh yeah i went there, deal with it.

  34. igotacousinweusetocallporky says: Sep 12, 2011 9:52 AM

    itsmammoth says:
    Sep 12, 2011 8:42 AM
    and here comes the 50+ Comments of Cowboys haters jumping all over a Week 1 loss. Go worry about your own team.

    ———————

    If you want to be known as “Americas’ team” you gotta be able to take the heat. 50+ is a rather consevative estimate.

  35. Cowboys-Forum says: Sep 12, 2011 9:53 AM

    bravin4evr says: Sep 12, 2011 9:46 AM

    I can understand being upset about Dez getting hurt on punt returns; but he should really be upset about paying Romo so much!
    _____________________________
    oh please, JJ restructured Romos contract on Friday and lowered the cap by $6.5 million, try doing your homework before spewwing off at the mouth.

  36. realitypolice says: Sep 12, 2011 9:54 AM

    As a Dez Bryant fantasy owner who doesn’t get points for return yards, I am in complete agreement with Mr. Jones on this.

  37. Cowboys-Forum says: Sep 12, 2011 9:56 AM

    igotacousinweusetocallporky says: Sep 12, 2011 9:52 AM
    If you want to be known as “Americas’ team” you gotta be able to take the heat. 50+ is a rather consevative estimate.
    ________________________

    oh geez, one more time for the slow people, it was NFL films that gave them that title in 1979, in fact the Cowboys didnt like it but it was forced on them.

  38. d3murf says: Sep 12, 2011 10:03 AM

    omnipresentfan said: In another development:
    If Jerruh do want Bryant to go to grammar school, it’d great!

    -cowboys fans
    ______________________________________________________________

    Here we go again. Another “White Football Fan” who feels inadequate about seeing pro athletes higher on the Totem Pole than them. Who cares about grammar!? This is a football news site! Go to a Mensa meeting and critique their use of verbiage. Other than that, just pay attention to what’s going on with FOOTBALL!!!

    Give me a “thumbs down” in you feel inadequate about your degenerate, boring life–so pointing out something you can do better than an athlete makes you feel better…

  39. cleverbob says: Sep 12, 2011 10:04 AM

    Maybe these guys should reconsider putting on the thigh pads…

  40. rolltide510 says: Sep 12, 2011 10:09 AM

    The Double J will say plenty of bonheaded things this year, so let’s save the criticism for when he’s actually wrong. I suppose the Eagles could have Mike Vick returning kicks, he’d probably be really great at it, but…

  41. myspaceyourface says: Sep 12, 2011 10:11 AM

    LOOKS TO ME LIKE DEZ ISN’T WEARING A THIGH PAD.

    I wonder if that might have something to do with it?

  42. stonedwhitetrash says: Sep 12, 2011 10:18 AM

    Jerry signs all the paychecks, and his word should and will be final.

  43. oldbyrd says: Sep 12, 2011 10:22 AM

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of egotists

  44. seabreezes51 says: Sep 12, 2011 10:25 AM

    Jerry will make a lot of teams “lucky” this year as long as he fiddles with the game plan.
    I think around 9 more teams will get “lucky” against the girls this season.

  45. mswravens says: Sep 12, 2011 10:33 AM

    “most teams have a coach for that.”

    Rosenthal – best line you have ever penned…ROTFLMAO!!!

  46. realitypolice says: Sep 12, 2011 10:42 AM

    Do people on here realize that Jerry Jones is the GM of the team?

    I’m not a Cowboys fan, but since when was the GM of a team not allowed to have an opinion about his players?

  47. scudbot says: Sep 12, 2011 10:49 AM

    I’d be much more concerned with Bryant making almost no effort on the INT play. Not running the route, and then not doing anything to try to prevent Revis from returning it. If he gets Revis down, there’s no FG try. If Bryant was too hurt to play effectively he should have pulled himself from the game before then. If he wasn’t then he took that play and probably several other plays off.

  48. sports_dude says: Sep 12, 2011 10:51 AM

    If you think the GM shoudln’t be head coach or not, Jerry is spot on with this. Dez Bryant has no business returning punts. He was useless after that injury, that dumb for them to even keep him on the field.

  49. scudbot says: Sep 12, 2011 10:51 AM

    Dez Bryant is not a team guy.

  50. andyreidisfat says: Sep 12, 2011 10:58 AM

    I do like fez when healthy , but I think Dallas fans think he is better than he is. Dez is a great 2 But he is not a 1. As soon as a team puts a top cb on him he disappears.

    Again like the guy but I think he is over rated

  51. 303bengalguy says: Sep 12, 2011 11:08 AM

    Not a Cowboys or Jones fan but he’s right. I sat there watching the game in passing (because I was following my players and it was the SNF game and all) and I’m saying to myself “Didn’t Dez Bryant go down on a PR last year? He’s the WR with the most upside potential in the NFL and he’s returning punts which is how he got hurt last year!?!?”

    I also think Jason Garrett ain’t the guy… but idgaf if he sticks because I could ultimately care less about dem Boys…

    Bryant = next Michael Irvin OR BETTER. Guaranteed (unless he gets killed on another PR)

  52. truecowboyfan says: Sep 12, 2011 11:13 AM

    Jones is completely right here but I still do not know why Dez was returning punts. It doesn’t work to have a stud in both positions. Devin Hester was an excellent returner until they wanted to incorporate him as a full time receiver. Same with Dante Hall. Just keep Dez at receiver period… Returning punts is not worth it to injury. Also, him not returning punts keeps him fresh and rested for offense.

  53. Deb says: Sep 12, 2011 11:14 AM

    Although I agree with your closing sentiment … can’t believe I’m posting this … Jerrah’s right this time. The injury to Bryant on the punt return probably cost Dallas the game. Revis made the key interception because Bryant couldn’t run his route. Why did the coach keep Bryant in against corners of that caliber when he obviously couldn’t make the plays? Given a choice between having your top receiver available to play receiver or having him return punts, there is no choice. A backup corner with speed can return punts. But who replaces Bryant when he’s hurt on a return?

  54. thingamajig says: Sep 12, 2011 11:16 AM

    Hey Jerry easy fix, just tell Goodell about all the injuries that occur during punt returns and he’ll probably change the rules.

  55. igotacousinweusetocallporky says: Sep 12, 2011 11:40 AM

    Cowboys-Forum says:
    Sep 12, 2011 9:56 AM
    igotacousinweusetocallporky says: Sep 12, 2011 9:52 AM
    If you want to be known as “Americas’ team” you gotta be able to take the heat. 50+ is a rather consevative estimate.
    ________________________

    oh geez, one more time for the slow people, it was NFL films that gave them that title in 1979, in fact the Cowboys didnt like it but it was forced on them.
    ——————–

    So your saying that the Cowboys and their fans have not embraced that title over the years?
    You would have to be mighty slow to believe that.

  56. jolink653 says: Sep 12, 2011 11:49 AM

    i think the bigegr issue here is why he was even on the field when he couldn’t run…he showed no effort to make any catches and if that was the result of an injury he should have been taken out of the game and sat on the bench…and why on that last drive tony romo was even bothering to try and throw to him i have no idea…what a terrible showing

  57. pahahaha says: Sep 12, 2011 11:50 AM

    Illegal immigrants have a better grasp of the english language… go back to school during the off-season Dumb-Dez!

  58. n0hopeleft says: Sep 12, 2011 11:54 AM

    Cowboys-Forum says:
    Sep 12, 2011 9:51 AM
    phillyisinvading says: Sep 12, 2011 9:24 AM

    You don’t see Jeff Lurie doing player injury reports to the media.
    _______________________________
    You know something else i havent seen Jeff Jurie doing………………………………………..thats right, lifting Super Bowls trophies, oh yeah i went there, deal with it.

    _______________________________

    HAHAHAHHAHAH!!!! YES!!!!

  59. nyjalleffingday says: Sep 12, 2011 12:11 PM

    @nitshke

    Oh enough with the crap. The Cowboys are lucky the Jets came out flatter than your sisters chest to start the game! The Jets played the more complete game and never, ever quit and because of that, they won. If you don’t like that, or you can’t handle that, then I suggest you find another sport to watch.

  60. jacunn2000 says: Sep 12, 2011 12:16 PM

    It is Jerry’s team. He can do what he wants. He is the one who drafted Bryant, so he can do what ever the hell he wants. Dallas looked good, but as in any game, turnovers kill. Better luck next time Dallas.

  61. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Sep 12, 2011 12:30 PM

    itsmammoth says:Sep 12, 2011 8:42 AM

    and here comes the 50+ Comments of Cowboys haters jumping all over a Week 1 loss. Go worry about your own team.

    ———————————

    Been a fan since I went to my first game at the Cotton Bowl in 68 and I have been worried since Jimmy left town…

    Jerruh and his minions have done so well since then – haven’t they?

    And please don’t tell me about Barry the Inbreeder winning the SB because we all know that team was built by Jimmy…If O’Donnell doesn’t through his passes to Larry then that game could have easily gone the other way…

  62. CKL says: Sep 12, 2011 12:30 PM

    How soon until JJ starts tweeting? I put the over/under at 1 month.
    Yes he’s the GM, and yes he has a right to comment. I just don’t think it’s wise to broadcast stuff like that to the general public.

  63. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Sep 12, 2011 12:36 PM

    realitypolice says:Sep 12, 2011 10:42 AM

    Do people on here realize that Jerry Jones is the GM of the team?

    I’m not a Cowboys fan, but since when was the GM of a team not allowed to have an opinion about his players?

    jacunn2000 says:Sep 12, 2011 12:16 PM

    It is Jerry’s team. He can do what he wants. He is the one who drafted Bryant, so he can do what ever the hell he wants.
    ——————————————-

    Just because you can do something doesn’t necessarily mean that you should…

    Jerruh doesn’t know this and apparently neither do the two of you…

    And reality, we have been living with the pain of him being the GM for many years so yes we know it…Think Joey Galloway and Roy Williams for proof of his capabilities…

  64. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Sep 12, 2011 12:45 PM

    Cowboys-Forum says:Sep 12, 2011 9:51 AM

    thats right, lifting Super Bowls trophies, oh yeah i went there, deal with it.

    —————————————–

    That’s great but you do realize that the last time our team won a SB was nearly 16 years ago and they sure as hell aren’t winning it this year…

    Is that acceptable to you?

  65. wozzmann1955 says: Sep 12, 2011 1:03 PM

    I’m glad we in Wisconsin do not have to deal with a stain like that.And on the Big Sheet of Life,JJ is a giant kumstain right in the middle of it!

  66. xx4zu1 says: Sep 12, 2011 1:05 PM

    I do like fez when healthy , but I think Dallas fans think he is better than he is. Dez is a great 2 But he is not a 1. As soon as a team puts a top cb on him he disappears.

    Again like the guy but I think he is over rated
    ——————————————————Seriously? what team do you root for and what “top corner” do you have that’s better than Revis? Dez made him look like a fool until he got injured.

  67. zeussuperman says: Sep 12, 2011 2:20 PM

    Cowboys-Forum says: Sep 12, 2011 9:56 AM

    oh geez, one more time for the slow people, it was NFL films that gave them that title in 1979, in fact the Cowboys didnt like it but it was forced on them.

    —————————————

    Sorry, dude. As long as Cowboys fans jump all over the place screaming “America’s Team!” when y’all are doing well, you’re going to have the name hung around your neck like an albatross when you lose.

    Not to mention that Jerry Jones openly embraces the nickname.

  68. ragingmouse says: Sep 12, 2011 4:19 PM

    Problem with this team:

    The leader of it is not on the sidelines or in pads…( and is not respected )
    Until the right leader comes forth and establishes that role, this team and organization is destined for mediocrity…

  69. bringbacktheflex says: Sep 12, 2011 6:40 PM

    Special teams are one third of the team opportunities. Too many teams put their second and third stringers on special teams. I think you have to put your most talented people on the field whenever you can. If Bryant gets hurt trying to score a TD on a return, how is that different from him getting hurt trying to score a TD on a catch?

    People worry too much how guys *might* get hurt. Every play should have the mindset of “score a TD”. If you aren’t going to to put your best guys out there every down then you are cheating the fans.

  70. txhc says: Sep 13, 2011 12:52 AM

    “karlpilkington says:
    Sep 12, 2011 8:27 AM
    Whatever Mr. Jones wants??! Well there is your problem cowturd fans. Shouldnt it be whatever the redhead wants?”

    You’re preaching to the choir dude, we know.

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