Monday, April 23, 2018
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Extra rules for WR Bryant

IRVING, Texas — The Cowboys are trying to provide some guidance for Dez Bryant, the talented young receiver who has had issues off the field.

Coach Jason Garrett wouldn't go into specifics Monday or describe potential discipline for not abiding by the rules, but he said the Cowboys want to support Bryant and his family.

"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," Garrett said. "And the accountability factor is an important part of that with him and with anybody on our football team."

According to reports, Bryant will get weekly counseling sessions and a full-time security team and can't consume alcohol or attend strip clubs. The security members will drive Bryant to team functions, including practices and games, and the receiver will be subject to a curfew.

Bryant was arrested in July for allegedly assaulting his mother, who has since said she doesn't want authorities to pursue charges. The league could still discipline the third-year veteran.

Also, former USF punter Delbert Alvarado was among the cuts as Dallas got to the mandated 75-man limit. Teams must cut their rosters to 53 by Friday.

VINCE YOUNG GONE: The Bills, who completed a trade for backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, cut Vince Young. Buffalo acquired Jackson from Seattle for an undisclosed draft pick. Young, the former Titans starter and college star at Texas, struggled in his bid to win a job in Saturday's 38-7 loss to Pittsburgh.

TRADE: The New York Daily News reported that the Jets were sending often-criticized Wayne Hunter to the Rams for another offensive tackle, Jason Smith.

BENGALS: Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, the No. 17 overall pick, missed practice with a flareup in his left knee. The injury kept him out of training camp.

BROWNS: Defensive tackle Phil Taylor (chest) went on the physically-unable-to-perform list, meaning he'll miss at least the first six games.

DOLPHINS: Pro Bowl tackle Jake Long left practice after injuring his right knee when he went down in a pile on a pass play. The Palm Beach Post reported that there was no damage, only "a tweak" for the former No. 1 pick.

EAGLES: Michael Vick returned to practice after leaving the game Aug. 20 with injured ribs. He didn't play in Friday's game at Cleveland. "I think he's real close to 100 percent," offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said.

GIANTS: Defensive tackle Chris Canty and tight end Travis Beckum went on the reserve-PUP list after offseason knee surgeries.

JETS: The team cut former Rams kicker Josh Brown, giving incumbent Nick Folk the job.

LIONS: Quarterback Matthew Stafford practiced with the first team and showed no real sign of being limited by the injury to his non-throwing hand.

PANTHERS: Veteran kicker Olindo Mare and veteran punter Nick Harris were released.

PATRIOTS: Pro Bowl tight end and former Florida star Aaron Hernandez got a new, five-year contract worth $40 million, according to reports.

RAVENS: Linebacker Terrell Suggs, last season's Defensive Player Of The Year, went on the PUP list and isn't expected back before November after he tore his right Achilles tendon.

REDSKINS: Right tackle Jammal Brown had surgery on his left hip, ruling him out up to six more weeks. Also, coach Mike Shanahan said rookie Kirk Cousins will start at quarterback in Wednesday's preseason finale against the Bucs. Robert Griffin III and most, if not all, of the projected starters will get the night off. And kicker Neil Rackers was cut as incumbent Graham Gano out of Florida State kept his job.

SAINTS: The team headed for Cincinnati as Tropical Storm Isaac approached. New Orleans is scheduled to play Thursday in Tennessee. The team considered flying there directly but couldn't work out the logistics. … Former Bucs quarterback Luke McCown was released.

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