Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 12/13/12
IRVING, Texas Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett confirmed Thursday morning that Dez Bryant's Wednesday visit with a second hand specialist revealed "pretty similar" information to the first examination. Bryant has a fractured left index finger that requires surgery. But that doesn't eliminate the Cowboys wide receiver from playing on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bryant has said all week that he desires to play through the injury. The Cowboys plan to test Bryant's finger by having him catch passes, however, that has not occurred yet and Garrett said he doesn't anticipate it occurring on Thursday. Although Bryant still has swelling in his finger he participated in the walk-through portion of Wednesday's practice. "We don't have a definitive plan for Dez right now," Garrett said Thursday. "He did see the doctor yesterday. Nothing has really changed. We're going to see how he feels today and see if there's a chance that he can play. He went through the walk-through yesterday. He didn't do anything in practice yesterday. Seemed like he was feeling fine. But we have to make a decision there as to what we want to do. Dez is certainly a part of that decision. The medical analysis is part of that decision as well." The Cowboys training staff is looking into splints and taping methods that would allow Bryant to play. "He certainly has a willingness to play," Garrett said. "He certainly has a toughness to play. We just have to see if he can function the way he needs to."
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