After the win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 14, the Dallas Cowboys learned that wide receiver Dez Bryant had fractured the index finger on his left hand. As a result of the injury, Bryant’s season was put in question with his finger potentially requiring season-ending surgery.
Reportedly, Bryant wants to play through the injury on Sunday if medically cleared to do so according to ESPNDallas.com:
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.
Coming into Week 15′s matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Cowboys are sitting in third place in the NFC East behind the division-leading New York Giants and the second place Washington Redskins. Although the Cowboys have lost to both teams this season, the division title is still within their grasp if they can win the remaining games on the regular season schedule while getting a little help with favorable outcomes from the Giants and Redskins.
Without Bryant downfield, Tony Romo may struggle against opposing defenses in the final three games. The Cowboys have lived and died by the pass this season with running back DeMarco Murray on the shelf with a foot injury for most of the year. Even though Murray was finally able to get back on the field for Dallas in the last two wins over the Philadelphia Eagles and Bengals, the Cowboys will suffer a major blow if Bryant is ultimately not medically cleared for Week 15.
Dallas still has receiver Miles Austin and tight end Jason Witten to lean on in the passing game, but Bryant has been Romo’s favorite target in the end zone this season with nine touchdowns.