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September 23, 2013

Dez Bryant's back feels better; regrets throat slashing penalty but will appeal

Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant said his back remains sore but it feels a lot better a day after Sunday's 31-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams than it did following last week's 17-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

"It's sore. But it's no where near how bad it was last Monday. I promise you that," Bryant said. 

Bryant, who suffered the injury late against the Chiefs and practiced fully just one day last week, will continue treatment on his back and could still be limited in practice heading into Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers.

Bryant may also be lighter in the wallet after getting flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct in the end zone following a first-quarter touchdown catch for an apparent throat slashing celebration. 

Bryant said he was doing the two-handed "cut it off" sign rather than the seemingly more heinous throat slash. He immediately apologized to Cowboys coach Jason Garrett but plans to appeal the expected fine from the NFL.

"It wasn't really a throat slash but I was wrong," Bryant said. "I came right to him and told him this why I got the flag. I'm going to appeal it. I have to. I shouldn't have done it anyway."

Garrett, who appeared to pat Bryant on the back after he came to the sideline, said there was nothing else to do or say after he apologized.  

"Dez came right over to me immediately after it happened," Garrett said. "He said, ‘I screwed up. I’m sorry. It’s just a reaction I had. I won’t do it again.’ What do you say to that? Let’s go to the next one."

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