SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant says he never expected his refusal to carry Roy Williams’ shoulder pads to become such a big issue.

And the Cowboys’ first-round pick says he didn’t know that rookies carrying the pads of veterans after practice was a long-standing ritual.

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Bryant says he told Williams that if he had known the situation was going to turn out like this, the rookie would have carried all of Williams’ equipment. Bryant says he’s trying to do the right things.

While signing autographs Tuesday with fans shouting their support for him, Bryant insisted everything is fine between him and Williams, and all his teammates.

Bryant says he has no problem with another rookie tradition of paying for meals.

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