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Dez Bryant says he’s playing, waiting to decide on surgery

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Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant did his best to eliminate the questions about his status, telling a group of reporters “Only thing y’all need to know is I’m playing.”

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.

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10 Responses to “Dez Bryant says he’s playing, waiting to decide on surgery”
  1. blahblahblah1313 says: Dec 13, 2012 5:04 PM

    5/2 he does not play. Posturing

  2. Steeley McBeam says: Dec 13, 2012 5:18 PM

    Pros:
    Pad your stats

    Cons:
    Perminantly damage a vital limb
    Require surgery anyway
    Lose millions in the future

    Sounds about right for Dez Bryant.

  3. andylucksneck says: Dec 13, 2012 5:24 PM

    Dez showing how tough he is while he is dropping every ball thrown his way. Please……… This guy is a buffoon.

  4. randallflagg52 says: Dec 13, 2012 5:30 PM

    I doubt they need him to beat the steelers. Roethlisberger looked horrific last week against the Chargers (IDC about his garbage time stats, that game was no where near as close as the final score indicated). D-Ware is the best in the biz and he’ll make life miserable for Ben.

  5. Deb says: Dec 13, 2012 5:39 PM

    Foolish decision. Never risk your long-term livelihood for a short-term gain for the team. I don’t care if your name is Dez Bryant or Ben Roethlisberger. It’s just not worth the gamble.

  6. romoscollarbone says: Dec 13, 2012 6:09 PM

    The whole point of the NFL is to be a warrior n play thru pain. When Romo suited up with the punctured lung nobody called him a buffoon and questioned if he realized the long term implications. Id take a stiff index finger to be Dez and have that bank account. granted I wouldnt squander it on diamonds but that is his perogative. Id have a F150 Raptor and a hunting ranch, if anyone was curious.

  7. jsrdc says: Dec 13, 2012 6:28 PM

    @andylucksneck,

    First of all, whatever.

    Second of all, Dez has dropped 7 passes all year. He has caught 75 passes for 1028 yards, and 9 Td’s.

    Thirdly, before you open your mouth, you may want to at least have SOME semblance of what you are talking about. You are a hater, plain and simple.

    Lastly, Dez is only going to get better. That is the scary part for the rest of the NFC and the league. Regardless of how you view him personally, professionally the guy is very good, and is getting very close to becoming a beast. Enough said.

  8. jsrdc says: Dec 13, 2012 6:41 PM

    @andylucksneck,

    BTW, since we are on the subject Einstein, guess who has just as many dropped passes as Dez?

    Yes, both Reggie Wayne AND Donnie Avery. Indy’s players, both of whom have a measly combined 7 TD’s. I will take Dez’s 7 drops and 9 TD’s over your two starter’s 14 drops and 7 combined TD’s any day.

    Yeah, it just goes to show you, stupid is as stupid says. And it is obvious where you land after what you said.

    Next……

  9. jcg23 says: Dec 13, 2012 7:10 PM

    It’s hilarious reading through all the treads and seeing Steeler fan after Steeler fan post about how this is idiotic for Dez to do while Big Ben did this same thing last year with a high ankle sprain and not a peep from them then. And Ben’s injury was much much worse.

    Shut up. Sit down. And look in the mirror.

  10. icardfan says: Dec 13, 2012 7:38 PM

    Hate the Cowboys but for some reason I’m pulling for Dez. How can you not want to see a kid succeed with the talent he has. I just want to see what he can do.

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