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Cowboys Bryant gets another doc to look at finger

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm •  Published: December 12, 2012
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IRVING, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant went to see another doctor Wednesday to help determine if he can play the rest of this season with a broken finger on his left hand.

Coach Jason Garrett said the team was trying to get as much medical information as possible to make a decision for "the best way to handle it for now and the future."

Bryant broke his left index finger in Sunday's 20-19 win at Cincinnati, though he returned to the game after the injury and caught a touchdown pass. He has TD catches in each of the last five games.

During the portion of practice opened to the media Wednesday, Bryant was wearing his No. 88 jersey with no wraps or bandages on his left hand when he ran on the field. He spoke briefly with a strength coach, then went over to where the team was before going back into the locker room.

Afterward, when the locker room was open to media, Bryant said he "really wanted to talk" but couldn't. He showed his swollen hand, and said he was headed to the doctor.

Garrett hadn't anticipated Bryant practicing Wednesday because of the swelling.

"One of the things we know about Dez is he's a tough guy and he loves playing football," Garrett said. "He's going to give himself and our team every chance possible to play in this ballgame and continue to play this season."

The Cowboys (7-6), a game behind the NFC East-leading New York Giants, play at home Sunday against Pittsburgh. They have won four of their last five games, a stretch in which Bryant has 33 catches for 525 yards and seven TDs.

Among the biggest questions is if Bryant would be risking long-term damage to his finger if he plays, especially if the third-year pro was to reinjure it this season.

"I would say that's an overriding question with all injuries. And certainly the willingness of the player to play, the ability of the player to function like he needs to function are big questions as well," Garrett said. "But certainly his health now, his health going forward are huge factors in making this decision."

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