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Cowboys' Dez Bryant plays despite learning of his father's death

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Cowboys inspired by Dez's ability to play in face of tragedy (0:43)

ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer explains how the team reacted to Dez Bryant's playing in the game against the Steelers a day after his father died. (0:43)

PITTSBURGH -- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant played Sunday in the team's 35-30 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers -- less than 24 hours after learning of the death of his father, MacArthur Hatton.

"Of course, he's very sad, and you only have one of those," Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. "But he was getting the kind of support you would think. He's loved in that locker room, and by the coaches as well. And so, there was a lot of sensitivity and love being expressed to him.

"I'll say this: If he wanted to be at someplace in his life, I bet it would be right in the middle of that locker room to be dealing with that."

The cause of death and Hatton's age are not known at this time.

Bryant caught sixes passes for 116 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys' win over the Steelers, after catching just one pass last week against the Cleveland Browns.