Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said Friday that wide receiver Dez Bryant may suffer a permanent lack of flexibility in his left index finger if he doesn’t have surgery, but he thinks Bryant can also be successful on the field if that happens.
During an appearance on 105.3 FM “The Fan,” Jones said the team wouldn’t do anything to compromise Bryant’s health.
“It’ll be a challenge with the flexibility of the finger, probably, for the rest of his life,” Jones said, via Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I think he’ll still be able to use it and use it in a way that he’ll be successful on the field and use it every day, as well.”
The Cowboys are working to come up with something to protect Bryant’s left index finger (he’s left-handed). Coach Jason Garrett said the team hasn’t pushed for season-ending surgery, but that it could be a possibility depending on Bryant’s condition.
“We sure wouldn’t do anything if we felt like it was going to compromise his long-term career,” Jones said. “Dez has got a bright career in front of him. He’s obviously, I think, growing from a maturity point right before everybody’s eyes. He’s playing. He’s understanding the game better. Playing well on the field.
“At the end of the day, we wouldn’t do anything that would compromise his health for the future.”
At the end of the day, it’s easy to say it’s just a finger, as long as it’s not your finger. Playing this week could leave Bryant with something he has to live with when his post-football career begins.
Maybe he could end up looking like former Rams wide receiver Torry Holt (pictured here) who will be able to creep people out the rest of his days. Perhaps he and Brian Baldinger can wave to each other as well.