Garrett: We'll see if Bryant can play Sunday
DEC 13, 2012 10:20a ET
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.
"It would take more than this to take me out. No way. They'd have to break my leg to keep me out," Bryant told FOXSportsSouthwest.com on Tuesday.
The Cowboys plan to test Bryant's finger by having him catch passes, however, that has not occurred this week and Garrett said he doesn’t anticipate it occurring on Thursday. Although Bryant still has swelling in his finger he appeared, during the media portion of practice Thursday, to be prepared to catch passes. On his left hand, the 24-year-old was wearing a padded white glove that allowed the tip of his index finger to be exposed.
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."
Garrett added: "He certainly has a willingness to play. He certainly has a toughness to play. We just have to see if he can function the way he needs to."
The Cowboys training staff is looking into splints and taping methods that would allow Bryant to play. The risk with delaying surgery and playing through the injury is that Bryant runs the risk of facing permanent stiffness, which would likely affect his ability to catch passes.
"We're going to give him every chance to play," Garrett said. "If it's wait to Saturday or wait to Sunday, we'll give him every chance to do it."
Bryant made a 27-yard touchdown grab after sustaining the injury in the fourth quarter Sunday in the Cowboys' 20-19 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. When it was suggested to Garrett that Bryant's adrenaline probably allowed him to make that grab despite the injury, the Cowboys coach responded: "There will probably be a little adrenaline on Sunday."
Mike Fisher contributed to this report.
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