Cowboys fear hand injury could end Dez Bryant’s season

AP

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.

49 responses to “Cowboys fear hand injury could end Dez Bryant’s season

  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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??

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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    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.

  7. “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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

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    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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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.

  16. “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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

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