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Cowboys fear hand injury could end Dez Bryant’s season

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A hand injury could end the season early for Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant.

Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com reports that Bryant could be out for the rest of the season, if tests reveal a torn ligament in his finger will require surgery. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said it’s 50-50 whether Bryant will have to be shut down for the rest of the season. Bryant will be checked out by a hand specialist today.

Bryant apparently suffered the injury on a six-yard catch in the fourth quarter. After briefly leaving the game, he returned and caught a 27-yard touchdown pass later on the same series, and he caught another pass on the next series to help set up the Cowboys’ game-winning field goal.

Losing Bryant would be a huge blow to the Cowboys’ playoff hopes. Bryant has had an excellent season and has already set career highs in catches (75) yards (1,028) and touchdowns (nine).

The 7-6 Cowboys have games remaining against the Steelers, Saints and Redskins. If they win out, they have a very good chance of reaching the playoffs. If they lose a game, they’ll likely fall short.

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49 Responses to “Cowboys fear hand injury could end Dez Bryant’s season”
  1. sdelmonte says: Dec 10, 2012 4:37 PM

    Like with RGIII, the Giants fan within is not unhappy that a feared opponent might be out, but the lover of football winces at the news. Would much rather see him healthy and then contained by the Steel Curtain.

  2. mjbulls45 says: Dec 10, 2012 4:38 PM

    terrell owens

  3. eastsideballa says: Dec 10, 2012 4:39 PM

    Put the cowboys team on IR as a whole.

  4. lesliedevereaux says: Dec 10, 2012 4:39 PM

    WHAT?! The Cows cannot afford to put him on IR. I am not definitively proclaiming that they’re making the playoffs, but they do have a chance considering their remaining opponents and the Giants remaining opponents.

  5. vancouvernfl says: Dec 10, 2012 4:39 PM

    typical… end his season because of a finger injury..
    typical dallas cowboys… no wonder they havn’t won anything.. class-less player learns from a class-less owner.

  6. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 10, 2012 4:40 PM

    Meanwhile, Pierre Garçon continues to be the best WR in the NFL not named Calvin or Fitzgerald. Cowboys fans wish they had our #88. HTTR.

  7. ctattles says: Dec 10, 2012 4:41 PM

    Dez Bryant: My fingers hurt.

    Jerry Jones: Whats that?

    Dez: My fingers hurt.

    Jerry: Oh, well now your backs gonna hurt..cause you just pulled landscaping duty. Anyone else’s fingers hurt??

  8. daninms says: Dec 10, 2012 4:42 PM

    Injury gods have not been kind to the Cowboys this year.

  9. cometkazie says: Dec 10, 2012 4:42 PM

    Any mention how it was injured?

  10. munny10 says: Dec 10, 2012 4:43 PM

    Did he do it patting himself on his back too hard?

  11. t16rich says: Dec 10, 2012 4:44 PM

    Was he carrying too many shopping bags? How did he hurt it?

  12. jaybird304 says: Dec 10, 2012 4:45 PM

    half the defense on IR and now him possibly…if it wasnt for bad luck then there would be no luck!

  13. joemammy says: Dec 10, 2012 4:46 PM

    If you’re the Cowboys, and the success of your season depends on this guy, you are in trouble.

  14. Stiller43 says: Dec 10, 2012 4:46 PM

    Thats good news for the ike taylor-less steelers.

  15. daroc88 says: Dec 10, 2012 4:50 PM

    Cowboy fans always seem to negate the fact that they are actually third in the division. It’s a good chance that given your remaining schedule and the Giants remaining schedule you can still make the playoffs? What about the fact that there is a entire franchise in second place (Redskins). Typical Cowboy behavior, to look down upon everyone else as if you have proven anything in the last 16 years.

  16. anthonyjnovelli says: Dec 10, 2012 4:50 PM

    He can’t catch with a healthy hand, so what does it matter?

  17. ttgb2 says: Dec 10, 2012 4:59 PM

    Well maybe that’ll keep him from putting it down out of bounds.

  18. mrlaloosh says: Dec 10, 2012 5:02 PM

    I hate to admit it but, he’s pretty good. Will kill my Saints if healthy.

  19. fissels says: Dec 10, 2012 5:02 PM

    Just when he was reaching his potential. I hope its not very serious

  20. granadafan says: Dec 10, 2012 5:05 PM

    Ronnie Lott would have just cut the finger off.

  21. kidzaround says: Dec 10, 2012 5:08 PM

    daroc88 says:Dec 10, 2012 4:50 PM

    Cowboy fans always seem to negate the fact that they are actually third in the division. It’s a good chance that given your remaining schedule and the Giants remaining schedule you can still make the playoffs? What about the fact that there is a entire franchise in second place (Redskins). Typical Cowboy behavior, to look down upon everyone else as if you have proven anything in the last 16 years.

    **************************
    Excuse me? Every other fan of every other team does the exact same thing. To single out a fan base for being unrealistic about their team’s chances is to stop looking in the mirror. Redskins fans, what about the fact that an entire franchise is in first place (Giants). Typical hipocrite behavior, if you ask me.

    So, let’s just call the season ended and let the current division and wildcard leaders have the playoff spots because the other fans/teams don’t deserve to have hope.

  22. rmal83 says: Dec 10, 2012 5:10 PM

    Cole Beasley will step up!

  23. bluebongzilla says: Dec 10, 2012 5:10 PM

    “Typical Cowboy behavior, to look down upon everyone else as if you have proven anything in the last 16 years.”

    Typical hater, always with the arbitrary windows of time. The Cowboys have won three Super Bowls since the last time the Redskins played in one. The Giants have won a couple recently but still trail the Cowboys even though they haven’t been to one since Clinton was president. The Eagles are the Eagles. Hate on, jealous haters.

  24. moneey31 says: Dec 10, 2012 5:11 PM

    This is getting ridiculous. That’s like 6 starters done for the season

  25. watchdawg1103 says: Dec 10, 2012 5:12 PM

    Not to downplay his injury, but if he came back in the game and caught more passes, rest it up and suit up next game. This is an important stretch for the Cowboys. Even if they have him suit up but don’t throw to him, his presence alone will make defenses have to account for him and help their chances.

  26. kgmoome says: Dec 10, 2012 5:14 PM

    Not cool! The Cowboys need to beat the Steelers so the Browns can make the playoffs.

  27. iceburgskin202 says: Dec 10, 2012 5:30 PM

    I’m a redskin fan but a human being first. So I don’t want to see anybody go down for the season I’d like to get any teams best shot but hope all is well he is a beast just wears the wrong colors!! HTTR

  28. steeltuff says: Dec 10, 2012 5:37 PM

    Michael Irvin, step up.

  29. kattykathy says: Dec 10, 2012 5:40 PM

    At least he will not be able to hit his mama with that hand for awhile.

  30. keem513 says: Dec 10, 2012 5:46 PM

    wow talk about amercia’s team LOL. They defend their boys, thats actually a good thing no matter how mediocre they are they get support as if they are defending Superbowl champs. Other cities need to take notes

  31. kidzaround says: Dec 10, 2012 5:48 PM

    iceburgskin202 says:Dec 10, 2012 5:30 PM

    I’m a redskin fan but a human being first. So I don’t want to see anybody go down for the season I’d like to get any teams best shot but hope all is well he is a beast just wears the wrong colors!! HTTR

    **********************************

    Always have felt this way. I hate to see any player get hurt even if they don’t play for my team. I also hate to see fans cheering about an injured player. It speaks of how much class you have.

  32. blackngold4life says: Dec 10, 2012 5:51 PM

    No Ike.. No Dez I think the Steelers benefit the most

  33. txtuff says: Dec 10, 2012 5:55 PM

    A few years back and even some WRs today just tape that baby up and play the rest of the games until they have no chance at all to make the playoffs! No way you should be going out like that when the team is still in the hunt. I would say this about any WR on a team trying to make the playoffs.

    Only way he should be out is if the doctors say fix it now or it can never be fixed. And I really doubt that is the case.

  34. ripster65 says: Dec 10, 2012 5:57 PM

    I recently saw a show on Jimmy Johnson and during one of the speaches he gave to which ever team he was coaching he really stressed how important conditioning is. I wonder how much this comes into play with a team like Dallas who’s losing players left and right.

  35. breakmyrustycage213 says: Dec 10, 2012 6:09 PM

    Hope he is okay… but 9/10 of you Cowboys tans have NBD… that is “Never Been to Dallas” syndrome. I hope they find a cure so your true hometown gets the respect it deserves.

  36. boyshole25 says: Dec 10, 2012 6:11 PM

    Haha ctattles happy Gilmore references alive and well. Hahahahaha

  37. hedleykow says: Dec 10, 2012 6:11 PM

    Mall security should cut Dez some slack now, considering how difficult shoplifting can be with a torn finger ligament. lol

  38. kenorv says: Dec 10, 2012 6:17 PM

    From what I’ve heard, this is one of those injuries that requires immediate surgery or else it will never heal properly. At least that’s what I’ve heard. So while Dez may be able to play through it for the rest of the season, he and the Cowboys have to think about how this will effect him long term if he doesn’t have the surgery now.

    At 7-6 and currently outside of one of the playoff spots, I think I would think long term with this injury. Sure they could still make the playoffs, but does this team really look like a team that could make a Super Bowl run? I don’t think so. So there’s no need to risk Dez’s long term health for a season that isn’t going anywhere.

  39. delius1967 says: Dec 10, 2012 6:46 PM

    “It’s a good chance that given your remaining schedule and the Giants remaining schedule you can still make the playoffs? What about the fact that there is a entire franchise in second place (Redskins). ”

    If the Cowboys win the rest of their games, which includes a game against the Redskins, they will finish ahead of the Redskins. Is that really so difficult for you to understand? If the Cowboys win their last three, and the Giants lose one of their last three, Dallas wins the division. Given their respective remaining schedules, it isn’t that far-fetched a scenario. Or wouldn’t be, if Dallas’ starters weren’t The Walking Wounded.

  40. elrock7 says: Dec 10, 2012 7:02 PM

    By the way, there is no more steel curtain, the Steelers are way over rated and they will be 1 and done if they stumble into the playoffs

  41. EJ says: Dec 10, 2012 7:09 PM

    Seriously, I don’t feel bad for Bryant or the Cowboys. Bryant is a huge diva with a big attitude and an even bigger mouth. It might do him some good to sit on the sideline and watch his team lose.

  42. bster01 says: Dec 10, 2012 7:23 PM

    He’ll play I’ll bet Jerry’s Botox on it !

  43. skiss68 says: Dec 10, 2012 7:51 PM

    You forgot to mention a career high 3 arrests this year.

  44. beckzhere says: Dec 10, 2012 7:52 PM

    Well this isn’t going to helps fantasy playoff run.

  45. bbeaman78 says: Dec 10, 2012 9:15 PM

    They are already reporting that Garrett is saying the finger may be fractured, no a torn ligament. They are waiting a few days to see how the finger reacts to treatment.

  46. bigbenh8tr says: Dec 10, 2012 10:51 PM

    1,100 tds 9 tds. suck it

  47. wgray981 says: Dec 10, 2012 11:29 PM

    And just when Dez was starting to mature into a better player. I’m not a Cowboys fan but I always hate to see players get injured.

  48. twoody50 says: Dec 11, 2012 6:55 AM

    Division is simple. Win 3 and in.

  49. mungman69 says: Dec 11, 2012 7:15 AM

    Every team has a lot of guys out cause of injury. Cowboy fans just cry more. Suck it up.

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