Dez Bryant, Jason Garrett and More Comment on Greg Hardy's Sideline Outburst

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy (76) and Sean Lee (50) celebrate after Hardy sacked New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy is dominating the headlines once again after cameras caught him engaging in verbal and physical spats with members of the team during Sunday's 27-20 loss to the New York Giants.

The original video, courtesy of NFL.com, showed Hardy and injured wide receiver Dez Bryant exchanging heated words on the Cowboys sideline:

"There is no issue," Bryant told ESPN's Josina Anderson, per ESPN.com. "That's just football. People want to make nothing into something, especially when we lose. That's just football."

Sports Illustrated's Kenny Ducey relayed an alternate view, first shown by NBC, that depicted Hardy swinging at special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia's clipboard:

According to the Dallas Morning News' Brandon George, Hardy's frustration stemmed from a 100-yard kick-return touchdown by Dwayne Harris that proved to be the game-winning score.

"Well, no, he wanted to get in there and kind of get after some of the guys a little bit, maybe get them fired up," Bisaccia said. "It was just not the right time. It's really not an issue. I just had to communicate what we were going to do next on the return, so I just really wanted him to move on so we could get going."

High-ranking members of the Cowboys organization, including owner Jerry Jones, downplayed Hardy's outburst when speaking with reporters.

"He's just getting guys ready to play in my view," Jones said. "I don't have any issue with him being involved in motivating or pushing in any part of the football team, because he plays and walks the walk."

"He's one of the real leaders on this team and he earns it," Jones continued, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. "That's the kind of thing that inspires."

Head coach Jason Garrett expressed a similar sentiment.

"Yeah, I was standing right there," Garrett said. "I don't think that's an issue at all. When that happens, you encourage guys, you get guys excited, you try to get guys ready for the next challenge. I believe from my vantage point that's what he was doing. You have to have passion."

On Monday, Garrett backed up those comments, telling reporters Hardy will not be disciplined, but he added that he talked to the defensive end about how he "can channel" his emotions better. Garrett added that Hardy was "trying to encourage" his teammates.

However, Hardy wasn't in the mood to speak with reporters in the locker room following the loss:

Hardy's behavior has been under the microscope since he was suspended for the first four games of the season following the league's investigation into his 2014 domestic violence case.

Hardy will not face any potential league discipline for his actions, with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell telling Doug Farrar of Sports Illustrated it is a team issue.

The 2-4 Cowboys face the struggling but dangerous 3-4 Seattle Seahawks at home next week. According to George, Jones said the Cowboys will stick with Matt Cassel at quarterback until Tony Romo returns from his broken left clavicle, which could be against the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 22. Bryant may be ready next week against Seattle.

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