Cowboys' Williams says Bryant's $55K dinner tab not his idea

Dallas Cowboys veteran wide receiver Roy Williams insists he was not the driving force behind the $55,000 dinner bill dropped on rookie wideout Dez Bryant, according to the San Antonio Express-News on Friday.

"I don't understand why my name is associated with this whole ordeal," Williams said. "I mean, it's the same offensive dinner that we've been doing, that every team does in the NFL. So I don't know why my name is the single name in this thing.

"I have nothing against Dez. Dez has nothing against me," Williams said. "Like I said in training camp, I don't want you guys to bang our heads together and try to make us hate each other. That's not going to work."

Bryant, who leads rookie wide receivers in catches (14) and is second in yards (158), made news in July when he refused to carry Williams' pads after the team's first training camp workout. Bryant said at the time that he was drafted to play football, not take care of someone else's gear.

"He didn't take my pads. Whoop-de-doo," Williams said. "But he's still out there as a punt returner, catching balls and doing things he needs to do, and I'm doing things I need to do to make this team better. So don't associate me with being the bad guy with Dez and Dez being the bad guy with me, because that's not what it is."

In three games, Williams has caught what would have been the winning touchdown in the opener had a penalty not wiped it out, hung onto two passes despite flattening blows the next week, then had touchdown catches of 15 and 63 yards this past weekend to lead the Dallas Cowboys to their first victory of the season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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