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Jerry Jones: Cowboys won’t shut down Dez Bryant, will ‘go balls out’

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Jerry Jones strongly disputed the notion that the Dallas Cowboys have any intention of sitting a gimpy Dez Bryant, especially when there remains a slim-but-mathematical possibility the team can win the woeful NFC East.

Referring to Bryant’s one-catch, nine-yard performance in Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers as “an aberration,” Jones made it clear that despite the wide receiver’s lingering injuries and lack of production, there is no plan to shut him down.

“Shut him down? No,” Jones said Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan, via DallasNews.com. “I hope their defense doesn’t shut him down early, but no, not at all. He’ll be a very important part of what we initiate and what we hope we’re still doing in the second half and hopefully through the end of the ball game. We’ll go balls out with Dez.”

After missing five games with after undergoing surgery on Sept. 14 involved a bone graft and a screw being inserted into his right foot to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal, Bryant hasn’t been anywhere near the dominant force the Cowboys have come to expect. In the past three games, Bryant has six catches for 97 yards and no touchdowns.

Granted, that may have just as much to do with Matt Cassel, not Tony Romo, serving as the Cowboys quarterback, but Bryant also has been dealing with ankle and knee injuries since his return, which arguably have played a role in his limited productivity as well.

But should the Cowboys (4-9) lose to the New York Jets Saturday, all but eliminating the team from postseason contention for all practical purposes, it makes little sense to risk Bryant being seriously injured in what otherwise will be two meaningless games.