Dez Bryant could miss season on IR with finger surgery
"He's still getting checked on right now, and we'll see what his status is as we go forward," Jason Garrett addressed the multiple reports surfacing about Dez Bryant’s health and continuity for this season on Monday. "There's been no definitive diagnosis as to what he has and what his availability will be. We're just trying to figure out what it is."
Dez Bryant’s status for Sunday’s came against the Pittsburgh Steelers is awaiting confirmation as well.
The 24-year-old Dez Bryant sustained injury to the left index finger following his second catch of the game on a 6-yard slant route and getting tackled by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones. Dez Bryant was already experiencing discomfort in the left hand as he returned to lineup on the next play while shaking and pulling the finger. Dez Bryant sat out at the sidelines over the next five plays with DeMarco Murray briefly filling in at the spot. Tragedy struck on the second play after his return when Dez Bryant injured the finger while hauling in a 27-yard touchdown catch to spark the Dallas Cowboys’ rally, bringing them within two points of the Cincinnati Bengals’ lead. Dez Bryant finished the game with four receptions for 50-yards and a touchdown while wearing a stint on his left hand.
After the game, Dez Bryant stated the injury was a simple sprain but the case appears different now. Sources claim that Dez Bryant could be sitting the remainder of the season (3 games) on the injured reserve if further diagnosis reveals a torn ligament in the finger, which will likely require surgery.
Dez Bryant will be joining six other Dallas Cowboys starters: safety Barry church, cornerback Orlando Scandrick, punter Chris Jones, defensive end Kenyon Coleman as well as linebackers Sean Lee and Bruce Carter, who’ve landed on the injured reserve with season-ending injuries.
Losing Dez Bryant could be a huge blow to the 7-6 Dallas Cowboys’ offense as they chase a potential playoffs berth. The Dallas Cowboys are one game behind the New York Giants for the NFC East No.1 seed title and battling it out under the same margin for the conference's two wild-card spots.
Dez Bryant has posted career numbers this season with 75 receptions for 1,028 yards and nine touchdowns in 13 games (12) starts. The third-year pro Dez Bryant’s provided a big boost to the Dallas Cowboys’ passing attack by contributing five touchdowns in each of the past five consecutive games.
In Dez Bryant’s absence, the Dallas Cowboys will require tight end Jason Witten (who is leading the team with 92 receptions) to step it up, while also building pressure on receiver Miles Austin, who has 55 receptions for 819 yards and five touchdowns in the season.