Despite having a fractured left index finger that will require surgery in the offseason, Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant remains determined to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
“It has not been decided by Dez, who will be the ultimate decision maker, whether or not he wants to try to continue to play with a lot of protection or whether or not he should have surgery,” said Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones. “But make no mistake about it, Dez is chomping at the bit and wants to take the route of playing.”
The 24-year-old Bryant, who the Cowboys took with the 24th selection in the 2010 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma State University, suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of Dallas’ 20-19 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Bryant, who has caught 183 passes for 2,517 yards and 24 touchdowns in 40 games as a professional, has a long history of violence and thuggish behavior and is notorious for missing treatments and skipping team meetings.
Regardless of past issues and misdeeds, the Stillwater star of yesteryear deserves kudos for displaying testicular fortitude in an effort to try and help will the underachieving Cowboys (7-6) into the playoffs.
The freakish 6-foot-2, 218 pound Bryant is an absolutely menacing physical force who can overwhelm defenders with his strength, size and speed.
With the exceptions of the 2003, 2007 and 2009 seasons, Dallas has been a pitiful organization since the late ’90s.
If the rest of the 52 clowns pockets employed by the Cowboys use Bryant as a source of motivation and finally perform to their vast potential, Dallas could be an extremely formidable team come January.
Nevertheless, “make no mistake about it,” the Dallas Cowboys badly need Dez Bryant on the gridiron if Jerry Jones is to again get “some glory hole.”by