Dez Bryant could miss rest of season with finger injury

December 11, 2012

Dez Bryant is brought down by Adam “Pacman” Jones Sunday. (Joe Robbins / Getty Images)

Just when things were going well for Dez Bryant, the Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiver broke his left index finger Sunday, which means his availability for the final three regular-season games suddenly is a question mark.

“We [are] just going to have to find out,” Bryant said in a text message to an ESPN Dallas reporter. Bryant, who met with a hand specialist Monday, and the Cowboys will know today whether he can continue to play or must have season-ending surgery.

“Well, it’s a medical decision first and foremost,” Coach Jason Garrett said. “The doctors are going to say, ‘Hey, this is what it is, and this is what we feel like you need to do,’ and then we’re going to say, ‘Okay, well, what are the other options?’ like you do with any injury, and you go forward and you make your best decision, not only for now, but for the future.

“Dez is very passionate about playing. Anyone who’s been around him knows that. He actually hurt his finger prior to catching that touchdown pass that was a such a difference-making play in the game. He’s just one of those guys. He loves to play. He’s very emotional about the game, very passionate about the game, so we’re going to do everything we can to give him a chance to play. At the same time, there’s a medical decision as well that we have to factor into this thing, and we’ll do the right thing.”

Bryant was hurt when he was tackled by Adam “Pacman” Jones in the Cowboys’ game Sunday in Cincinnati. He caught a 6-yard pass and came up shaking his finger as he lined up for the next play. He missed five plays after that, then returned and caught a 27-yard touchdown pass as the Cowboys rallied to win, 20-19. Bryant has caught a touchdown pass in five straight games and has 75 catches for 1,028 yards and nine touchdowns.
 
The Cowboys (7-6) have won four of their last five games and are one game behind the New York Giants and one game out of an NFC wild-card spot with tough games remaining against Pittsburgh, New Orleans and the Washington Redskins. Without Bryant, their final three games would be even tougher.
 
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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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