ATLANTA -- It was a bummer of a birthday for Dez Bryant.
Bryant was a nonfactor on the night he turned 24 years old. He finished the Cowboys’ 19-13 loss with only one catch for 15 yards, leaving him so frustrated that he figured he better wait a day to discuss his performance.
“Right now ain’t the time,” Bryant said, shaking his head after the rest of the Cowboys had left the locker room. “I ain’t even gonna lie.”
Bryant didn’t practice all week due to a bruised hip suffered on the amazing, almost-game-winning touchdown catch that didn’t count in last week’s loss to the Giants. It wasn’t determined that Bryant could play against the Falcons until a couple of hours before kickoff.
However, Bryant said his sore hip wasn’t a factor.
“During the game, it was fine,” Bryant said. “(A pain-killing injection) helped out a lot. Still could feel it a little bit, but the game got going. You know how that is. That takes away a lot of pain because you’re excited and all that.”
Bryant’s lone reception came early in the second quarter. He was targeted only three other times the rest of the game, including once on a deep ball in the end zone that Asante Samuel broke up after Bryant appeared to have him beat.
“When you look back, everybody on the team can probably get a couple more passes each game, but it’s based off what they’re giving you defensively,” quarterback Tony Romo said. “Dez knows that.”
Nevertheless, Bryant has too much talent to catch only one ball in a critical game.
“You can say that,” Bryant said. “You can say that.”
Bryant, showing a bit of maturity on his birthday, didn’t want to say too much.