Costly stand for Cowboys rookie

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:11 AM ET

No way was Dallas Cowboys rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant going to be anybody's porter. No way was he going to carry veteran Roy Williams' shoulder pads during training camp, a rookie hazing ritual that stretched way back.

"I'm not doing it," Bryant said at the time. "I feel like I was drafted to play football, not carry another player's pads."

Bryant took a stand and he stood by it.

But as it turned out, Williams and the other Dallas veterans got the last laugh Monday night when they handed Bryant a $54,896 US tab -- minus tip -- after a team diner.

Bryant, who will earn $8.3 million this season, thought he was taking just the offence out for the night but Williams asked the defence to show up at the appointed steakhouse as well.

"They got the young fella," said David Wells, Bryant's adviser. "What could he say? He had to pay it unless he wanted to wash dishes for a month."

What's that about revenge tasting best when served cold?

Word now is that Bryant also played with a stress fracture in his ribs in the Cowboys must-win victory over Houston last Sunday. In the game he had four catches for 50 yards.

On Monday he caught the bill.


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