Update (1:15 p.m.): This post has been updated with Dallas coach Jason Garrett’s comments before Monday’s practice.
In the last two years Dez Bryant has shown flashes of the breathtaking playmaking ability that made Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys giddy when they selected him late in the first round of the 2010 draft.
He’s also shown the flashes of the questionable decision making that led a number of NFL teams to avoid him on draft day.
Last month Bryant was arrested for allegedly assaulting his mother. It remains to be seen whether he will face a suspension, but to encourage him to avoid further off-the-field trouble, the Cowboys are instituting a new set of Dez Bryant rules.
According to an ESPNDallas.com report, Bryant agreed to a strict set of personal conduct guidelines late last week. Sources told ESPNDallas.com those rules include but are not limited to:
• A midnight curfew.
• No drinking alcohol.
• No visiting strip clubs. Other nightclub visits must be pre-approved by the team and he must bring a security team with him.
• Bi-weekly counseling.
• A constant personal security presence.
“What we’ve tried to do is come up with a plan for Dez, like we would for any player who we feel like needs our support and help him be his best as a player and as a person,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said before Monday’s practice at Valley Ranch. “And the accountability factor is an important part of that with him and with anybody on our football team.”
Said Jones of his 23-year-old receiver: “Oh yeah, very much willing to do anything he can to help himself and help the team. He’s very open-minded and cooperative. He’s doing the right things by his teammates and everybody is counting on him.”
Jones said the team has placed similar restrictions on other players before and that Bryant’s rules are not the most strict yet.
Cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones was assigned body guards by the team after a series of off-field incidents but was suspended by the NFL after he got into a fight with one of the guards.
Bryant caught 63 balls for 928 yards and nine touchdowns last season in 15 games. But along with the rest of the Dallas receiving corps, he has dealt with injuries in the preseason, including right knee tendinitis that kept him out of Saturday’s game against the Rams.