Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant broke the index finger on his left hand early in December but elected to play through it with the Cowboys still in the playoff hunt.
He had surgery on the finger after the season but knew that delaying the procedure with cause permanent damage to his finger. However, Bryant doesn’t believe it will ever be an issue for him.
According to Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Bryant believes he’s actually more effective catching the ball than before he injured his finger.
“It’s never going to be normal, but I promise you, it’s never going to be an issue,” Bryant said. “I’m ready to go and catch some footballs. I actually feel like I’ve been catching better with the finger problem.”
It didn’t seem to be too big a hindrance at the end of last season. Bryant caught nine passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns against the New Orleans Saints two weeks after breaking the finger. Bryant has high expectations for himself this season. It appears he doesn’t want the finger to be used as an excuse if he doesn’t live up to his own standards.
“It’s no more games, no more wondering,” he said. “I know what I’m doing, so I’ve got to come in and do what I did at the end of last year and hope to build on it.”