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Jerry Jones: If Dez Bryant doesn't shape up 'we will move on'

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com
Jones thinks Bryant can get his act together but what happens if he can't? (Getty Images)

It's not all unicorns and rainbows in Oxnard, California, home of the Cowboys training camp. When owner and general manager Jerry Jones isn't trying to inspire the troops, he's speaking frankly about one of his most talented -- and troubled players -- wide receiver Dez Bryant.

Earlier in the week during a radio appearance, Jones admitted that he hadn't yet spoken with Bryant about the wideout's most recent legal entanglement "because I'm too pissed to talk to him."

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(Quick recap in case you're just back from Mars: Bryant was arrested last month after pushing his mother in a domestic dispute.)

On Tuesday, Jones was a guest on The Dan Patrick Show and had more thoughts on Dallas' former first-round pick.

"He's just got to come on, step up and accept responsibility, and I think he can get there," he said. "I'm demanding that he work through it. He must do it or we can't count on him."

When Mike Florio, who's filling in for Patrick this week, asked what the team would do if Bryant continues to struggle, Jones said "We will move on."

And this is coming from a man with plenty of experience in dealing with players who require special handling.

“I have seen … players that (required) a little heavier lifting than other players help you win championships,” Jones said Sunday according to CBS Dallas-Fort Worth. “High maintenance. But I have been a part of that and have seen it work and not compromise the franchise, not compromise the NFL.''

For what it's worth, quarterback Tony Romo has Bryant's back, which is something mercurial wide receiver and former Cowboy Terrell Owens couldn't say. Out of the league since the 2010 season and out of football since he was cut from the IFL's Allen Wranglers earlier this year, T.O. is still hoping for another chance in the NFL. We mention this because in June, Jones said that Owens "could help someone," though he didn't mention the Cowboys as a likely destination.

On Tuesday, Florio asked Jones about T.O.

"Well Terrell, I think, still has NFL football in him," he said. "When he's out there, he gives defenses problems. We really would like to bring and give every opportunity to our young receivers to come up in that third slot (behind Miles Austin and Bryant)."

Translation: Jones can barely handle Bryant, who hasn't yet reached his full potential. Owens is almost certainly out of the question.

And because no conversation would be complete without a Tebow name-check, Jones was asked about the Cowboys' interest in the Jets' backup quarterback/Wildcat specialist/punt protector: “I'm not going to give you a straight answer,” he told Florio.

Alrighty then.

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