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IRVING, Texas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett says the play-or-not-play determination on Dez Bryant's fractured finger will be "a medical decision.'' Cowboys owner Jerry Jones tells 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday that Dez himself will have the "ultimate decision" about undergoing the season-ending surgery that on Monday afternoon club sources said they considered "all-but'' inevitable.
And now Dez's advisor and friend, David Wells, tells 105.3 The Fan that Bryant will today follow his attendance of the memorial service in honor of late teammate Jerry Brown with another visit with doctors in search of approval to allow him to continue playing this season.
"You know Dez,'' Wells said. "He's not going to give up trying. More than anything in the world, he wants to play.''
If Bryant and medical personnel are able to find a way whether that means a protective device, pain medication or the accepted risk of permanent damage to the finger among the most surprised people involved will be Jerry Jones and Dez Bryant himself.
On Monday, Bryant himself was telling associates that doctors were advising him against trying to play. Meanwhile, Jones' front office was in the process of shifting Bryant to injured reserve for the season.
All along, of course, there has been the slight chance of hope combined with the strength of Bryant's will.
"I know he wants to play," Jones said. "Dez will be the ultimate decision-maker on surgery or playing with some kind of padding. Make no mistake about it. Dez is champing at the bit and wants to take the route of playing."
The Cowboys are 7-6 and in playoff contention despite having lost one-third of the team's starters to season-ending injury. Jones is well aware of all that is on the line here.
"Certainly, we're very mindful of everything involved here and are making sure that everyone, mostly Dez, has all the right information so that he and we can make a decision," Jones said. "We know a lot right now and we'll get a little more information here over the next day or so."
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The Dallas Cowboys are concerned that Dez Bryant, their best wide receiver, could miss the rest of the season with a finger injury, multiple media outlets reported Monday. Cowboys head coach Hason Garrett told Nick Eatman of the team's official website that Bryant's status is "50-50." Garrett told reporters later Monday that Bryant was visiting doctors Monday...
The Dallas Cowboys reportedly fear that Dez Bryant’s finger injury could keep him out for the rest of the season.
Nick Eatman of the TrueBlue Fan Club says Bryant is going to see a hand specialist, and that the finger injury could keep him out for the season. The team is awaiting results of the meeting.
Head coach Jason Garrett also reportedly told Eatman that the chances Bryant...
Richie Whitt of CBS Dallas reports that wide receiver Dez Bryant may miss the rest of the season due to torn ligaments in his finger.
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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is currently visiting with a hand specialist after suffering what is believed to be a torn ligament in his hand during yesterday’s win over the Bengals.
There’s a chance Bryant’s season could be over and there’s a chance he can play with it.
Just talked to Jason Garrett… he said its 50-50.. Said Bryant is going to see hand specialist...
The Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Dallas on Sunday to play the Dallas Cowboys, who now appear like they might be without their star wide receiver Dez Bryant.
David Moore of the Dallas Morning News is reporting Monday afternoon that Bryant injured his left index finger Sunday in the Cowboys win over the Cincinnati Bengals and that injury might require him being shut down for the...
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is seeing another doctor to help determine if he can play the rest of this season with a broken finger on his left hand.
Coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday that the team and the player are getting more medical information to figure out the best way to handle the situation. He says Bryant's health now and going forward...
Nick Eatman reports that he recently spoke with Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett who mentioned that Dez Bryant will meet with a hand specialist. Eatman adds that he believes Bryant will not be placed on IR.
Richie Whitt of CBS Dallas reports that Cowboys WR Dez Bryant suffered torn ligaments in his finger during Sunday’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals and will...
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I would not be at all surprised if the Cowboys...
Tough loss for the Bengals. They had the Cowboys beat. This game was not lost because of bad officiating (although there was some) or being outplayed. It was lost because the Bengals failed to play a good game. They dropped passes, failed to execute and the defense got beat when they needed stops the most.
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