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October 30, 2013

Jason Witten on Dez Bryant: There's not a guy that you love playing more with on Sundays

The Dez Bryant story continues to trigger debate about whether the Dallas Cowboys’ star receiver needs to settle down his sideline outbursts, but Jason Witten reiterated Wednesday that he has no issues with it. 

“There’s not a guy that you love playing more with on Sundays than Dez Bryant,” Witten said.

Bryant, Witten and inactive defensive end DeMarcus Ware were involved in a heated argument late in Sunday’s 31-30 loss to the Lions. The conversation focused on Witten and Ware trying to get Bryant focused on the game, as the Cowboys still had one last chance with 12 seconds left.

It was the second animated encounter Bryant had during the game. He also had a “passionate” discussion with Tony Romo earlier in the second half.

“That happens to all of us,” Witten said. “There have been times when we all get frustrated and get loud. There’s a lot of energy and sometimes guys have to say, ‘Hey, slow down, Jason, we have to move on.’ That happens to all of us. It just happened to be seen on TV.

“There’s pretty fiery guys on this team. There’s a lot of passion. That’s what it takes to play. It’s a close-knit group. That’s what makes these losses tough is that you want it so bad for each other."

Bryant considers Witten one of his mentors and views him as a bigger brother. Witten feels the same way, saying: “It’s been an honor to watch him develop into the player and the person that he’s become, really an elite player at his position and what he does.”

-- Drew Davison

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