(IRVING, Texas) — Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, who has a fractured left index finger, says he will play in Sunday’s game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“Only thing y’all need to know is I’m playing,” Bryant told reporters after Thursday’s practice.
Bryant met with a second hand specialist Wednesday who confirmed the 24-year-old will need surgery on the finger, and although Bryant says he will play head coach Jason Garrett wouldn’t confirm that.
“We don’t have a definitive plan for Dez right now,” Garrett said Thursday. “He did see the doctor yesterday. Nothing 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. Seemed like he was feeling fine. But we have to make a decision there as to what we want to do. Dez is certainly a part of that decision. The medical analysis is part of that decision as well.”
The Cowboys training staff is looking into splints and taping techniques that would protect Bryant’s finger.
If Bryant was to reinjure the finger, he could face permanent stiffness in the area hindering his ability to catch balls.
Bryant has 75 catches for 1,028 yards and nine touchdowns for the season.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN