Arlington, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant informed the team that he will delay the surgery on his fractured left index finger and try to play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, a source said.
The source also added that the Cowboys medical staff will try to devise a means to protect Bryant’s finger and at the same time, allow him to function as wide receiver.
“We don’t have a definitive plan for Dez right now, he did see the doctor yesterday and nothing’s really changed,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Thursday. “We’re going to see how he feels today and see if there’s a chance he can play.”
“He went through the walk-through yesterday and he didn’t do anything in practice yesterday. 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,” he added.
Garrett said Bryant will be limited in practice and will not catch passes Thursday as he tries to determine his comfort zone with a taped-up splint on his injured finger.
“Don’t anticipate him catching passes today, still kinda working through what we want to do with him logistically both in the walk-through and at practice,” Garrett said.
If Bryant reinjures the finger, it could cause permanent stiffness, which would minimize his ability to catch passes.
One of the Cowboys’ best performers this season, Bryant has caught 30 passes for 438 yards with six touchdowns over the past four weeks, and he has scored in the past five games.
Bryant ranks 10th in the NFL in receiving yards (1,028) this season and is tied for third with nine touchdowns.