Several sources reported that Dallas Cowboy wideout Dez Bryant met with specialists on Monday to determine if his sprained finger would require season-ending surgery. The result of that meeting determined that Bryant’s finger is actually broken. The Cowboys will wait until Wednesday’s practice to decide whether he will require surgery on his hand. The main concern is how much permanent damage Bryant could incur if he continues to play with the injury.
Bryant fractured his left index finger in the fourth quarter of their game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. He was able to return to the game after the injury occurred and scored a momentum changing touchdown.
Bryant is having the best season of his three year career, by far. He’s already passed the 1,000 yard receiving mark, for the first time in his NFL career. And Bryant’s nine touchdowns equal his scoring total from last season.
If Bryant is truly lost for the season, the Cowboys playoff chances will continue to dwindle. Dallas is already struggling with several injuries, especially to their defense. Defensive starters Sean Lee, Bruce Carter, Orlando Scandrick, Kenyon Coleman, and Barry Church have all been lost to season-ending injuries. All pro defensive tackle Jay Ratliff has also missed more than half the season due to groin, ankle and foot problems.
It would also end what was becoming a redemptive-type season for Bryant. As his past off-the-field troubles came to a head earlier this year with a domestic violence incident involving his mother. Since then, Bryant has been on his best behavior and things seemed to be clicking for him on the field. It was obvious that Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo began trusting Bryant more as the season progressed. He became the focal point of Dallas’ struggling offense in the past few weeks, sometimes emerging as the lone bright spot. Bryant was also the only real possible Pro Bowl candidate on the squad.
Wide receivers Kevin Olgetree, Dwayne Harris and rookie Cole Beasley would be expected to pick up the slack. But the the Cowboys’ receiver corps will be hard pressed to replace a player of Bryant’s caliber.