Despite playing with a broken left index finger, Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant grabbed nine passes and established a career high for receiving yards (224) in Sunday's 34-31 loss to New Orleans.
He had a pair of 58-yard touchdown catches in the second quarter, giving him at least one touchdown pass in seven consecutive games. That ties the team record, shared with Frank Clarke (1961-62), Bob Hays (1965-66) and Terrell Owens (2007).
Bryant did not talk after Sunday’s game but fellow receiver Dwayne Harris said his teammate energized the Cowboys’ offense.
“He’s a freak-of-nature of an athlete. Every time he touches it, you think he’s going to break it,” Harris said.
Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones called Bryant's play "outstanding" despite the loss.
"We have a little ritual we're going through that's been going on for about six games," Jones said. "We come over before the game and he touches (Jones' hands) like I'm in a seance. I say, 'I see three, I see receptions, I see scores today.' So ... I'm real pleased for him, the team."
_ Jimmy Burch