OK then, mystery solved.
Bryant’s fractured left index finger has been the subject of much consternation, from documenting the color of his gloves (one white, one black, we anxiously await Rob Parker’s ruling as to whether that’s sufficient) to pondering the long-term impact of surgery.
Bryant didn’t say anything beyond the declaration, but was seen signing a piece of paper after practice (he’s left-handed).
According to ESPNDallas.com, a hand specialist told him he’d need surgery, but Bryant has chosen to delay it. The Cowboys training staff is working to come up with a way to protect Bryant’s finger, since re-injuring it could cause permanent stiffness.
“Yeah, thats what you love about Dez. He’s passionate about football,” Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said. “He loves to play the game. Anybody who’s around him for 10 minutes knows that its an important part of his life that he cares a lot about. I love him as a teammate just because of his passion for the game, among other things.
“He’s a really competitive kid who cares about playing football, and thats what you want in your teammates.”
If nothing else, Bryant has taken care of any questions about his toughness through this process, leaving only the medical decision.