Dez Bryant Will Attempt To Play Despite Injured Finger

Dez delays surgery, will attempt to play this Sunday

12/13/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

December 9, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) pulls in a long pass against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Dallas won the game 20-19. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY SportsJust a couple days after telling reporters "they'd have to break my leg to keep me out (of Sunday's game)," Cowboys' wide receiver Dez Bryant has decided to play, despite the pain and risk of playing with his broken left index finger. He made the decision after receiving a second opinion on the ailment on Wednesday, and the Cowboys have stated that they'll give him every chance to play on Sunday, even if Bryant can't catch passes until the day of the game.

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.
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