Dez Bryant set to visit Jerry Jones
Bryant, who was nearly arrested last month after a confrontation with security guards at a Dallas mall, will visit Valley Ranch on Friday and talk to Jones about his turbulent offseason. The receiver will also have his ankle, which was fractured in a game against the Indianapolis Colts in December, examined by the team's medical staff.
Bryant was sued for non-payment by two jewelers and an apartment complex for a little more than $500,000. He has repaid one jeweler a little over $240,000 and is in the process of working on settling with his other creditors.
"We talked [Thursday] to make sure he will come through and meet with our trainers," Jones said. "And about the other thing, we'll try to grab some time and visit about some of those issues."
Jones said he's talked with other Cowboys players. The weight room at Valley Ranch will be open for the first time since the 45-day lockout was lifted -- the league sent out a mandate about how teams would respond. But Cowboys players will begin their offseason training Monday.
"It's a good opportunity to visit with them," Jones said. "And the fact we're here, we start late, we have all day and it should be a time to step out and say hello to some of the guys coming in and visit with some players."
Jones said he's disappointed about the labor situation but is hopeful things will clear up quickly. The NFL pressed forward with the legal fight in the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis.
The league wants a temporary stay of Judge Susan Richard Nelson's decision to lift the lockout so it can argue that it should be overturned altogether. NFL players were told to respond to the league's motion for a stay by noon CT Friday, and the NFL's reply to that is due Monday morning.
Michael Gans, the appeals court clerk, said the three-judge panel for the appeal had not yet been finalized. The venue is considered more friendly to businesses such as the NFL's $9 billion operation than the federal courts in Minnesota.
"It's not something that we want," Jones said of the labor fight. "But it is very important to our future to have the opportunity to have a good, clean look and these issues that we want we feel need to be address where we are relative to the labor."
Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com.