Dez Bryant Reportedly Will Attempt to Play, and More NFC East News

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistDecember 13, 2012

Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) catches a pass before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Eagles 38-33. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

It looks as though Dez Bryant is going to play injured in an attempt to help push his Dallas Cowboys into the playoffs during the second half of December. 

A hand specialist offering a second opinion has confirmed to Bryant that his fractured left index finger will require surgery, according to ESPN's Ed Werder, but the red-hot wide receiver "intends to delay" said surgery and suit up against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.'s Albert Breer also reports, per a source, that Bryant is "leaning that way."

A team source told Breer the Cowboys will place a hard splint on Bryant's finger Thursday. The Cowboys want to see if the splint will provide enough protection to prevent permanent damage. They also want to see if Bryant can catch the ball while wearing it.

This isn't a big surprise, because Bryant's a tough dude and he did score a touchdown after injuring the finger last week in Cincinnati. However, the situation isn't ideal for anyone involved. Let's hope he avoids any long-term damage here, because he's only 24 years old.

On to what else is being talked about in the league's most popular division. 


Dallas Cowboys

A report from Selwyn Crawford of the Dallas Morning News states that Josh Brent's blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit when he flipped his car on the weekend, resulting in the death of teammate Jerry Brown.

It's hard to follow that link up with something football-related, but we'll just pass along word from's Calvin Watkins that DeMarcus Ware missed Cowboys practice on Wednesday due to an elbow injury.


New York Giants

From Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News: With Ahmad Bradshaw's status up in the air due to a knee injury, rookie David Wilson could make his first career start on Sunday in Atlanta.

I'd argue that the Giants should be even more concerned about Prince Amukamara, who is a question mark for Week 15, according to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post.


Philadelphia Eagles

From Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News: Not only are the Eagles putting Mike Patterson down for the season, but they're also asking for cash back by claiming his injury isn't football-related.

From Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Unsurprisingly, Patterson's agent plans to file a grievance.


Washington Redskins

From Rich Campbell and Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times: Robert Griffin III says he feels "really good" after testing his injured knee in Wednesday's practice.

In his latest column for the Washington Post, Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats breaks down the Redskins' playoff chances.