DeMarcus Ware said he was trying to get Dez Bryant focused on the remaining 12 seconds in the game Sunday at Detroit, understanding the receiver was upset the Cowboys were on the verge of losing.
The sideline cameras caught Bryant arguing with tight end Jason Witten on the sideline during a review of the Lions’ go-ahead touchdown with 12 seconds left, and it showed Ware separating them, holding Bryant off.
“There’s always a time and place – 12 seconds left in the game, knowing how important you are in the game; that’s not the place,” Ware said Tuesday during a charity event at AT&T Stadium for the North Texas Food Bank. “There’s always a time to approach the situation and approach it the right way.”
Ware said it’s common for emotions to flare on the sideline, but that even for Bryant, that display was unusually strong.
“The thing is, you’ve got to carry things a certain way, do things a certain way,” Ware said. “Twelve seconds left in the game, you got an opportunity to win. You go at it as such.”
Ware said he and Bryant are close and understand each other, but suggested that sideline demeanor is a matter of respect.
“To get respect, you’ve got to give respect to others,” Ware said. “Me and Dez, we’re really close to each other, and he’s a great dude, a great player. Sometimes things get heated on the sideline because we’re competitors. He’s a great competitor. There’s a time and place for everything. Everything is behind us now, and it’s on to the Vikings.”
Ware, who has missed two games recovering from a quadriceps strain, said he is feeling better physically and thinks he can play this week.
He said the Lions game can help the Cowboys.
“I think it’s a game that can define who you are,” he said. “Got to look at it that way. It’s one of those character games. You can’t lose games that way. You just got to get out there and sort of bite the bullet and next game, play better than you did the last.”
-- Carlos Mendez