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NFL notebook: Bryant’s agents meet with Cowboys


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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, who has a July 15 deadline approaching to translate his one-year franchise tender into a long-term contract, may be making some progress with the team.

Tom Condon, the agent for Bryant, and the Cowboys had their first face-to-face meeting in nearly four months on Friday at the team’s facility, according to sources. Bryant’s other agent, Kim Miale of Roc Nation, was also in the meetings.

Bryant boycotted most of the team’s offseason program during the contract dispute and has yet to sign his franchise tender of $12.823 million, making threats about sitting out games.

After July 15, Bryant has to play the season on the tender and then the two sides couldn’t begin negotiations again until after the season.

Bryant showed up for a handful of workouts and an organized team activity. He attended the final day of the Cowboys’ mandatory minicamp June 18 but did not practice.

Last season, Bryant had 88 receptions for 1,320 yards and a career-best 16 touchdowns. In five years with the Cowboys, he has 381 catches for 5,424 yards and 56 touchdowns.

—Minnesota Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson issued an apology for his comments that were critical of the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

After Friday’s court ruling, Robinson compared gay marriage to pedophilia and incest in a series of Twitter posts that have since been deleted.

“Love is love? So what will we say when the 30yr old loves YOUR 10 year old. When the dad loves HIS 6 year old? It’s different?? Yea okay!” Robinson tweeted.

Robinson issued an apology Friday night for his comments earlier in the day.

“I apologize for any offense my tweets may have caused,” Robison wrote in a text message to the Minneapolis Star Tribune?. “In an attempt to express my beliefs, I created some confusion with my choice of words, and for that I apologize. I do not equate the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality with other social issues. There are obvious differences. However, I do believe that God’s laws will always supersede man’s laws. This belief is not from hate for anyone but from a love for my God and all those he created. Again, I’m sorry!”

In three seasons with the Vikings, Robinson has 154 tackles and five interceptions in 42 games.

—Michael Sam confirmed he is ready to resume his pro football career after rejoining the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League

Sam, a defensive lineman, wrote on Twitter that he is back after a two-week absence for unexplained personal reasons.

“Thank you all so much for your support. Great to be back in Montreal with the club. Let’s go #Als!” Sam tweeted Saturday.

The Alouettes said Friday that Sam had returned to Montreal and was expected to attend team meetings Sunday before resuming practice Monday.

—Damion Cook, an offensive lineman who played in parts of seven NFL seasons, died after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was 36.

The athletic department at his alma mater, Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach, Fla., confirmed Cook’s death on Friday.

Cook, a Nashville, Tenn., native, appeared in 26 NFL games at guard and made 10 starts from 2001-09.

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