Dez delays surgery, will attempt to play this Sunday
It's easy to dislike Bryant for all of his boneheaded antics - both on and off the field - but you have to admire the toughness of a player who understands the importance of this week's game, which will be huge for the Cowboys' playoff chances - especially if the Redskins and Giants win. When you have any kind of hand ailment, catching passes from an NFL quarterback is certainly not painless, and Bryant is also running the slight risk of permanently losing mobility in his injured finger. The Cowboys' medical staff will face the task of creating some sort of protection for the finger, but Bryant's decision is bold nonetheless.
Bryant has already proven that he can play through the injury, as he fractured the finger last Sunday, taped it up, and returned to the game to score on a 27-yard touchdown catch.
Bryant's impact on the Cowboys is huge, and they're going to need him if they want a decent shot of beating the Steelers and their top ranked pass defense on Sunday. If Bryant were to sit out, the team wouldn't have anyone with more than 28 catches or 400 yards to replace him opposite Miles Austin.
Bryant is top ten in the NFL in both receiving yards and total touchdowns, and can also provide a spark as a punt returner. If the Cowboys are going to beat the Steelers, they're going to need their aerial weapons to step up against one of the league's top secondaries, which means that they'll need Dez Bryant to play. Fortunately for them, all signs point to him being on the field for that first offensive snap.