Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/30/12

Jimmy Johnson, former Dallas Cowboys head coach and recent Extenze pitch-man, spoke at Southern Methodist University yesterday and made comments in reference to injured wide receiver Dez Bryant.

Johnson spoke about Bryant’s injuries saying, “Sometimes attitude has to do with whether a guy is hurt or not.”

The former Cowboys coach is partially right about the general effect attitude can have over injuries, but he is over-simplifying in this case.

Bryant’s impressive performance in training was due to a focused and positive attitude and the development of tendinitis is in no way related to anything negative Bryant’s endured this off-season.

It is a stretch for Johnson to make the connection between Bryant’s incident with his mother, the firing of agent Rosenhaus, the addition of Jay Novacek to his life, or the Miami nightclub entourage scuffle to his current injury.

Attitude can play a pivotal role in staying healthy or an athelete's recovery. Proper conditioning is usually a solid indicator of a healthy attitude, but Bryant was pushing himself this offseason, so it is no surprise that his knees are hurting. 

If anything, Bryant’s positive attitude towards the offseason and his own continued development are the reason for his injury.

The Cowboys likely wouldn’t trade anything done by Bryant on the practice field this offseason to avoid his minor preseason knee injury, as long as it doesn’t linger. 

He is doing what needs to be done and stepping his game up both professionally and personally. Bryant is making all the right moves of late and Johnson’s comments are baffling. 

Bryant should be ready for Week 1 between the Cowboys and the New York Giants. The Cowboys and Giants kick off the regular season on Wednesday, September 5th.



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