Dez Bryant Injury: Updates on Cowboys Star's Finger

Ben Chodos@bchodosCorrespondent IIDecember 10, 2012

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant's finger injury appears to be more serious than first expected, and the star wideout may have to miss significant time. 

UPDATE: Sunday, December 16 at 3:25 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Dez Bryant will officially play through his finger injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers.'s Michael Fabiano reported the news via Twitter:

Dez Bryant is ACTIVE, as expected.

— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) December 16, 2012

The talented wide out will have to endure a considerable amount of pain, but his presence will be a massive boost to the Cowboys offense. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, December 13 at 3:05 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Well, according to Bryant he'll be playing this week. Good to know.

From Nick Eatman of

Dez didn't have a real interview thursday but told reporters: "the only thing y'all need to know is I'm gonna play."

— Nick Eatman (@nickeatman) December 13, 2012

Bryant probably isn't the only one who gets a say here, but I'd imagine he'll be on the field this weekend.

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UPDATE: Thursday, December 13 at 12:00 p.m. ET by Alex Kay

Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has confirmed that star WR Dez Bryant will try and play through his finger injury, but that doesn't make him a lock to start on Sunday.

According to's Marc Sessler, the HC had this to say about his wideout:

"We don't have a definitive plan for Dez right now," Garett told reporters Thursday. "He did see the doctor (Wednesday) and nothing's really changed. We're going to see how he feels today and see if there's a chance that he can play. He went through the walk-through yesterday. He didn't do anything in practice yesterday."

He continued,

"It seems like he's feeling fine, but we have to make a decision there as to what we want to do. Dez is certainly part of that decision. The medical analysis is part of that decision, as well."

We'll keep you updated right here when we find out more on Bryant's status and Garrett's plan for his receiver when the Cowboys host the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 15. 


UPDATE: Thursday, December 13 at 8:42 a.m. ET

Great news for Cowboys fans and fantasy owners as Dez Bryant (finger) reportedly will attempt to play Sunday, according to ESPN's Ed Werder

After meeting with a hand specialist who confirmed a fractured left index finger requiring surgery,Dez Bryant has informed the Dallas Cowboys that he intends to delay the operation and will attempt to play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, a source said.

The Cowboys' medical staff will attempt to devise a means of protecting the finger that also enables Bryant to function as a wide receiver.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 12:30 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

While Bryant desperately wants to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend, he's wisely getting a second opinion on his fractured left index finger.

From Charean Williams of the Star-Telegram:

Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant wants to play Sunday with a fractured left index finger. If there is any way he can play, he will be in the lineup against the Steelers. Bryant is seeking a second opinion today, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday.

"We don't anticipate Dez practicing today, and we're just going to see where he is," Garrett said. "We're going to get that information. One of the things that we know about Dez is that he's a tough guy, and he loves playing football. He's going to give himself and our team every chance possible to play in this ball game 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 the future."

The concern for Bryant is any long-term damage he might do to the finger. But if a doctor tells him he can't do any more damage, expect him to play.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 5:10 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

As The Dallas Star-Telegram's Carlos Mendez noted earlier, Jerry Jones will leave the decision to play up to Dez Bryant, and the star wide out has made his position on the issue completely clear. 

105.3 The Fan's Mike Fisher reported the following quote from Bryant via Twitter:

The Dez Quote: 'They'd have to break my leg to keep me out.'… #cowboys

— mike fisher (@fishsports) December 11, 2012

Unless a team doctor steps in and puts his or her foot down, Bryant appears ready to take the field this Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 3:05 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

The good news for Cowboys fans and fantasy owners is Bryant wants to play on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to an ESPN Dallas report. The bad news is a final decision hasn't been made by doctors yet.

Dez Bryant, who fractured his left index finger Sunday against against the Bengals, has decided to play Sunday against the Steelers unless he's told he can't, a source close to the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver told ESPN Tuesday morning.

"Unless the doctors say he medically can't do it, Dez is going to play," the source said.

Signs are pointing toward Bryant playing in Week 15, but keep checking back to make sure he gains clearance during the week.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, December 11 at 10:27 a.m. ET

Some encouraging news for Cowboys fans as Jerry Jones stated that Dez Bryant will make the call on whether or not he will play with his finger injury or undergo surgery, according to Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Carlos Mendez.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Dez Bryant will be the 'ultimate decision-maker' on whether he has surgery now on his left index finger or tries to play with it heavily padded.

Jones, speaking on his weekly radio show on KRLD 105.3 FM 'The Fan,' said if Bryant chooses to wait on the surgery, it could have a lasting effect on his finger, leaving it with some stiffness permanently. Jones said hand specialists have said so.

'Dez will the the ultimate decision-maker as to whether or not he wants to continue to try to play with a lot of protection or whether he should have surgery. The reason for the surgery is because you could have a life-lasting stiffness there.'

Jones said the Cowboys are still receiving and reviewing the medical information about the finger.

'It has not been decided,' Jones said.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, December 11 at 8:07 a.m. ET

Dez Bryant confirmed his finger injury, but did not state how many games he is expected to miss, according to ESPN's Tim MacMahon, Todd Archer and Ed Werder.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant had X-rays Monday that revealed the hand injury he suffered against the Cincinnati Bengals was a fractured left index finger. However, his status for the final three games is up in the air.

Bryant, who confirmed his finger was broken, doesn't know whether he'll be able to play through the injury.

"We (are) just going to have to find out," Bryant said in a text message, noting that he'd know more Wednesday, when the Cowboys return to practice.

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UPDATE: Monday, Dec. 10 at 5:05 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is unwilling to confirm the news that Dez Bryant is done for the season.

True Blue Fan Club’s Nick Eatman reported the following via Twitter:

Just talked to Jason Garrett... he said its 50-50.. Said Bryant is going to see hand specialist right now. My gut tells me he won't be on IR

— Nick Eatman (@nickeatman) December 10, 2012

Dallas fans can still hold out hope, as there may be a chance that Bryant can return this season. 

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CBS Dallas/Forth Worth’s Richie Whitt reported the news via Twitter:

Confirmed: #Cowboys' receiver Dez Bryant has torn ligaments in his finger and will have season-ending surgery, be placed on IR.

— Richie Whitt (@richiewhitt) December 10, 2012

Bryant has already posted his most impressive numbers as a professional this year with 75 catches for 1,028 yards and nine touchdowns.

He has helped the Cowboys stay alive in the NFC playoff race, and the team will struggle to replace his production if he misses games. 

The injury occurred in the fourth quarter of Dallas’ important and exciting 20-19 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 14, and it appeared to be minor. As ESPN Dallas’ Calvin Watkins notes, Bryant only had to leave the game for a few plays before he continued.

The third-year wideout finished the game with six catches for 50 yards. His lone touchdown reception came in the final period and pulled the Cowboys within two points of the Bengals.

Bryant will be incredibly disappointed over the timing of the injury, as he was in the midst of the most productive stretch of his career. His grab against the Bengals extended his streak of games with a touchdown reception to five, and he has seven of his nine scores in this hot stretch.

Behind Jason Witten, Bryant has been Tony Romo’s favorite target, but the talented wideout is far and away the Cowboys’ leader in receiving yards and touchdown catches.

At 7-6, there is little room for error going forward in Dallas, and Bryant’s injury may make the team’s road toward the postseason even tougher.

Check back here for updates and more details on Bryant’s injury as they are released. 


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