In professional sports, talent almost always trumps everything. The list of players who've been given second, third and even fourth chances was long before Bryant's name was added. Ultimately, though, the plan is bound to fail. No matter how great the lure of a possible Super Bowl run - and it's a long shot for the Cowboys even with Bryant - you can't babysit a grown man forever. The NFL Referees Association with Adidas Originals Men Running Shoes Black-White-Red was locked out in early June and talks on a new collective bargaining agreement have gone nowhere. Replacements have been used throughout the preseason, with mixed results. In 2001, the NFL used replacements for the first week of the regular season before a contract was finalized.
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