Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said he will talk to wide receiver Dez Bryant about his decision to walk off the field and into the locker room in the final minutes of the team's 37-36 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Bryant, 25, was the subject of criticism earlier in the season for a sideline outburst and the criticism continued on Sunday, although Garrett said on Monday that he isn't concerned about the attitude of the fourth-year receiver, calling him "one of the great team guys I've ever been around."
"We'll address that with Dez today," Garrett said in his radio interview with 105.3 The Fan Dallas-Fort Worth. "I understand why to a certain extent, they're kneeling the ball, the game essentially is over. He's an emotional guy, we're all very emotional about what we do.
"But he needs to stay out on the field, and I'll address that with him today. And just explain why it's important to do that and he'll understand."
A first-round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, Bryant has emerged as one of the NFL's top receivers, tallying 173 receptions, 2443 yards and 23 touchdowns in the past two seasons. He finished with 11 receptions for 153 yards against the Packers, including a five-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.