The Dallas Cowboys will have a difficult decision to make concerning the future playing status of No. 1 wide receiver Dez Bryant, as it was revealed that he suffered an injured left index finger during Sunday’s emotional come from behind victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. It appears as if the finger is broken, although the further extent of the injury is still not yet known.
If the finger does require surgery, it would sideline Bryant for the rest of the 2012 season, as it is not simply a pain tolerance issue. By continuing to play without having the finger repaired, if that is indeed the case as far as what is necessary, Bryant could risk further damage to the finger. That is something that the Cowboys will not allow to happen, as Bryant has had his breakout season as this year has progressed.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has not yet made a decision, as he and the team are awaiting more results. “He’s still getting checked on right now, and we’ll see what his status is as we go forward,” Garrett said. “There’s been no definitive diagnosis as to what he has and what his availability will be. We’re just trying to figure out what it is.”
Initially, Garret called Bryant’s chances of playing again this season as “50’50,” although nothing has come along and changed his stance. The bottom line is that is he needs the surgery, he will miss the rest of the regular season as well as the playoffs, if the Cowboys are able to qualify for the postseason. If he does not, he will continue to play, and only time will tell if the injury will limit or effect him in any way going forward.
Bryant has 75 catches for 1,028 yards and nine touchdowns on the season, which place him in the top 10 at his position in terms of receiving yards and touchdowns. He was on pace to play in 100 16 games for the first time in his three year NFL career with Dallas.
The Cowboys finish the regular season against the Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints at home the next two weeks, and then close out 2012 against the Washington Redskins in a key divisional NFC East game on the road. At 7-6, it is expected they will need to win out to have any shot at winning the division, but could possibly win the wild card with one loss.
It will be a difficult task even with Bryant on the field, but it will be nearly a monumental task to win out without him during the next and final three games.