Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys may be out for the season with an injured left index finger. A hand specialist is examining the Cowboys wide receiver to determine if season-ending surgery is called for. The possibility exists that he could continue to play out the season with the injury, however.
Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett said today that “There’s been no definitive diagnosis as to what he has and what his availability will be. We’re just trying to figure out what it is, ” ESPN reports.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Bryant injured his finger in the fourth quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals:
“Bryant injured the finger while running a slant pattern with 9:47 left in the final period. He sat our briefly and returned later in the drive to catch a 27-yard touchdown pass to pull the team within two points.”
He had four catches and one TD pass for 50 yards in the emotional, 20-19 victory over the Bengals which came one day after the tragic death of Jerry Brown in the Josh Brent car accident.
ESPN explains that Bryant’s injury could be a major setback for the team as it tries to stay in the playoff hunt:
“The potential loss comes at a time in which Bryant is playing his best football and the Cowboys need him most. He has caught a touchdown pass in five straight games and has 75 catches for 1,028 yards on the season. He leads the Cowboys with nine touchdowns.”
Dez Bryant, a former All-American at Oklahoma State University, was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2010 NFL Draft.