Cowboys rookie Dez Bryant socked with $54,896 dinner tab

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant knew there'd be payback for his refusal to carry shoulder pads in training camp, like rookies are supposed to do. The check came due this week at the traditional rookie-picks-up-the-tab dinner. The damage: $54,896.

The meal was supposed to be only for offensive players, but the guest list at a steakhouse expanded well beyond 20, said Bryant's adviser, David Wells. The story first was reported by

Wells explained the exorbitant tally this way: "If you'd never had lobster before, you had it that night." Bryant is making $2.8 million this season, so he can afford it.

He declined comment in the locker room Wednesday.

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