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Old 12-10-2012, 04:17 PM   #1
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Cowboys ^UPDATE: Dez Bryant May Have Lifelong Issues With Injured Finger

Cowboys fear Dez Bryant could miss rest of season

By Marc Sessler
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Published: Dec. 10, 2012 at 04:20 p.m.
Updated: Dec. 10, 2012 at 05:12 p.m.

The Dallas Cowboys are riding a two-game win streak, but could be chasing the playoffs without their best wide receiver.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport confirmed a DallasCowboys.com report via a team source Monday that Dez Bryant could miss the rest of the season with an injured finger that might require surgery. The third-year wideout is set to visit with a specialist who will determine Bryant's fate.

Bryant was injured during his 27-yard touchdown reception in Sunday's win over the Cincinnati Bengals. He played through the pain and told Rapoport after the game it was a sprained finger and happened before the catch.

Bryant has developed dangerous chemistry with quarterback Tony Romo over the past month. Over the last five games, four of which were wins, Bryant has 525 yards on 33 catches for seven touchdowns. Losing him for the rest of the year would amount to a devastating setback for a 7-6 Dallas team still alive in the NFC East race and battling for position in the conference playoff picture.

Bryant's 75 catches on the year are second to only tight end Jason Witten's 92, and the receiver's 1,028 yards and nine touchdowns lead a team that has no replacement for a player like this.

UPDATE: Nick Eatman of the team's official site spoke with coach Jason Garrett, who described Bryant's situation as "50-50." Garrett confirmed Bryant was on his way to see a specialist. Eatman tweeted, "My gut tells me he won't be on IR."
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Decision to play will be up to Dez

11:40 AM ET 12.11 | Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on his weekly radio show Tuesday that wide receiver Dez Bryant will be the "ultimate decision-maker" between having season-ending finger surgery or playing through the pain and risking long-term problems. "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 later said that no decision has been made yet by the team or Bryant.

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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.

There is significant swelling in Bryant's finger and he must understand that if he plays, the finger might be compromised for the remainder of his career in terms of flexibility -- a significant issue for a wide receiver, a league source told ESPN. Pain tolerance isn't the issue for Bryant.

Earlier Tuesday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that Bryant will have the "ultimate decision" about whether he will play again this season.

"I know he wants to play," Jones said on his weekly radio show on KRLD-FM. "Dez will be the ultimate decision-maker on surgery or playing with some kind of padding.

"Make no mistake about it. Dez is champing at the bit and wants to take the route of playing."

The Cowboys also must still determine how the fracture can be protected and whether Bryant will be able to catch the football with protection on his finger, the source said.

Jones' comments Tuesday differ from those of coach Jason Garrett, who said Monday that it'd be a "medical decision first and foremost."
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The longer he puts off having the surgery the longer it takes for him to rehab and be
ready for the 2013 season...so not sure this is really a wise decision on his part
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He probably should sit. Even if the Cowboys make the playoffs, which I doubt, they won't last long. Get ready for next year.
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An orthopedic surgeon on NFL Networks says that Dez will be looking at about 8 weeks of down-time post-surgery. So, Dez delaying surgery till after the Boys are done will have no impact on next season.

My take is...What's the world coming to? Emmitt played with a separated shoulder. It's a just a finger. Put some tape & spit on it, take some aspirin and get out there
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Dallas Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones told the media today that star wide receiver Dez Bryant may have "lifelong" issues with his broken finger regardless of what course of treatment he chooses or whether he plays the remainder of the season.

“It’ll be a challenge with the flexibility of the finger, probably, for the rest of his life,” Jones said Friday morning on 105.3 FM “The Fan according to a story on the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram website.” “I think he’ll still be able to use it and use it in a way that he’ll be successful on the field and use it every day, as well.”

Jones says the Cowboys still see a bright future for Bryant. “We sure wouldn’t do anything if we felt like it was going to compromise his long-term career,” Jones said. “Dez has got a bright career in front of him. He’s obviously, I think, growing from a maturity point right before everybody’s eyes. He’s playing. He’s understanding the game better. Playing well on the field. “At the end of the day, we wouldn’t do anything that would compromise his health for the future.”

Bryant reportedly looked good in practice Thursday and has declared his intention to play in this week's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The medical staff believes they have come up with protection for Bryant's finger if he plays but much will depend on how much pain Bryant can tolerate. If Bryant is unable to play through the pain or is ineffective, season-ending surgery becomes more likely.

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he's really playing at a high level - hope his finger holds up and doesn't have any long term issues
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