Dez Bryant Blasts Josh Norman After Cowboys' Win vs. Redskins, Norman Responds

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist

Washington Redskins' Josh Norman (24) and Dallas Cowboys' Dez Bryant (88) match up against each other in the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant took to social and traditional media following the 31-26 win over Washington in Week 12, blasting cornerback Josh Norman.

"He just be talkin', man," Bryant told reporters on Nov. 24. "It’s stupid. It’s really stupid. He’s just not about that life. He’s not. He’s not about that life—not at all. It’s to the point where I might just leave him alone. But after this week, I’ve got to put the film out—how I [did] him. After that, I’ll leave him alone."

Bryant told NFL Network's Jane Slater (h/t Ian Rapoport of the same outlet): "I was just wearing [Josh Norman's] ass out the whole night. I enjoyed it. Washington needs to get their money back." 

The 28-year-old also retweeted a route where he burned Norman (but was missed by Dak Prescott):

"I think he's extremely soft. All talk," Bryant told reporters on Nov. 24. "He was holding the whole night. ... You [are] supposed to be a lockdown corner, and you can't even play, man. ... He was scared."

Norman and Bryant jawed back and forth throughout their Thanksgiving matchup, nearly coming to blows as they were walking off the field. Norman wound up throwing a towel in Bryant's direction as the two men were being separated.

Bryant, who was listed as questionable with a back injury, finished with 72 yards on five receptions. Norman made four tackles, but Prescott threw in the cornerback's direction five times, completing three for 32 yards, per Pro Football Focus.

Norman, for his part, discussed the matter with reporters following the game, using phrasing that might draw the ire of the league office:

On Sunday, Rapoport provided additional comments from Norman:

It just baffles me that we're going back and forth. I don't know if there really is anything to say. What am I going to go back and forth for? It's not a battle. It's not a competition when the other person don't show up. What am I competing against? I compete against myself every week. ...

But it's not like he carries them. They carry themselves. That stuff he does, it's just extra antics.

On Monday, per Master Tesfatsion of the Washington Post, Norman clarified what the two men said to each other, saying Bryant never spoke the phrase "unload the clip." Tesfatsion noted it's a phrase "Norman intended as a metaphor to describe himself, how he's going to give it all on the field."

“Nothing,” Norman said when asked about how he felt about the run-in with Bryant. “It really wasn’t a situation. It was a game. We lost. They won. That was it.”

Washington signed Norman to a five-year, $75 million contract this offseason that made him the highest-paid cornerback in football. He's responded with a mostly stellar first season, recording 43 tackles and an interception while shutting down some of the NFL's best receivers.

However, Norman took some criticism earlier this season for not shadowing Antonio Brown in a September matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers and once again got into a war of words with New York Giants wideout Odell Beckham Jr.

Bryant made it clear after the game that Norman has made another divisional enemy.

Norman has a way of getting under his opponent's skin. When Washington is winning, things tend to be silent on the opposing sideline. But when guys like Bryant get one up on Norman and take home the victory, the Pro Bowler will have to expect some clapping back in his direction.

             

Follow Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) on Twitter.

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