Dez Bryant has advice for young players: Don’t play hurt

As Dez Bryant takes to the media to call out his haters and his Dallas Cowboys team decides what to do with him, he has some advice to offer up to young players. It’s pretty sound advice, but also tells us a story of where Bryant’s head is currently at.

“I’d tell them to get their body right. I would tell them that that’s a mistake that I made. I’d tell them to get their body right. Keep it healthy, that should be the No. 1 goal. Sometimes you got to make those sacrifices. It’s hard. You want to be out there on that field. You want to make plays,” Bryant said, via the Dallas Morning News. “You want to be out there with your teammates. But you can’t compromise your body. That’s what I’d tell them.”

Back in 2015, Bryant suffered a broken foot, ultimately ending up missing seven games. And back in 2016, he missed just three games after a hairline fracture to the knee. Needless to say, Bryant did everything possible to make sure he was on the field with his team. That injury in 2016 came as the Cowboys were vying for an NFC East title and a first-round playoff bye.

It’s not known whether these injuries have impacted Bryant, but his level of production has declined considerably since the 2015 campaign.

Now set to count $16.5 million against the cap in 2018, there’s been speculation that the Cowboys might move on from the former Pro Bowler. He’s making sure other young players know the risks that come with playing through injury, both financially and from an on-field standpoint.