Dez Bryant may have waltzed his way into Browns coach Hue Jackson’s office, but the former Cowboys receiver left empty-handed.
After weeks of alleged interest between the two parties, Bryant’s visit to the team’s Berea, Ohio, facility will play out on Tuesday’s episode of “Hard Knocks,” filmed following Cleveland’s preseason win over the Giants on Aug. 9. Greeting members of the staff throughout his tour, Bryant makes his intentions known to Jackson during their face-to-face meeting.
“I’m looking for realness. That’s all,” Bryant said.
Unfortunately for Bryant, he’ll likely have to look for “realness” elsewhere, as the Browns aren’t expected to move ahead with the polarizing wideout as they welcome back another. However, Jackson said troubled receiver Josh Gordon’s presence is not related to Cleveland passing on Bryant.
“No, I think one has nothing to do with the other in my opinion,” the 1-31 coach said, according to Cleveland.com. “Again, things will unfold as they will. The most important thing we know is that Josh is here, and again, we’ve had a good conversation with Dez and until he’s a Cleveland Brown, I can only worry about the guys that are on this football team.”
Gordon remains on the active/non-football injury list, following his leaving camp for health treatment. Jackson believes he can play in the season opener against the Steelers, should he be cleared by doctors.
“We’re here to support, help and try to create the right environments for Josh,” Jackson said.
Gordon, 27, has long struggled with substance abuse and has missed 54 of the Browns’ last 64 games.
“As I humbly return to being a member of this team with an opportunity to get back to playing this game I love, I realize in order for me to reach my full potential my primary focus must remain on my sobriety and mental well-being,” Gordon said in a statement on Twitter.
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