Dez Bryant will try to play through finger injury

Dez Bryant reportedly is determined to play. (Michael Keating / AP)

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant will delay having surgery to repair his broken left index finger and will try to play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to multiple reports.

Bryant, who ranks 10th in the NFL in receiving yardage, met with a hand specialist who confirmed that he should have surgery and will be limited in practice today, catching some passes to see how his hand feels after trainers rig up a splint, ESPN’s Ed Werder reported.

“One of the things that we know about Dez is that he’s a tough guy and he loves playing football,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday morning. “He’s going to give himself and our team every chance possible to play … and continue to play this season.

“We just need to get more medical information about how to handle the situation right now, the best way to handle it for now and for the future.”

There is some danger in trying to play, with the possibility that the finger will be permanently stiff if it is reinjured, But Bryant wants to extend a season that has been extremely successful of late. Over the last four weeks, he has 30 receptions for 438 yards and six touchdowns.

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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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