Dez Bryant, Jeff Ireland shake hands

Updated: September 3, 2010, 12:16 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys rookie WR Dez Bryant and Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland shook hands and chatted briefly about an hour before Thursday's preseason game at Cowboys Stadium.

Ireland had already apologized to Bryant for asking the first-round pick whether his mother had been a prostitute during a pre-draft interview at the Dolphins' complex. Thursday's pregame meeting was their first face-to-face encounter since then.

Bryant said during training camp that he would have no problem shaking Ireland's hand and putting the incident in the past.

Ireland, a former Cowboys employee, was on the Dallas sideline talking to team vice president Stephen Jones when Bryant jogged past during warm-ups. The receiver came right over and immediately greeted Ireland, who patted Bryant on the chest in a friendly manner at the end of their brief conversation on the field.

"It went well," said Bryant, who described the exchange as closure for the ordeal with Ireland. "We shook each other's hands, wished the best for each other and that was it."

Tim MacMahon covers the Cowboys for ESPN Dallas. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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