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Cowboys' Bryant misses practice, plans to play

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant pulls in a touchdown pass next to Washington Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather during the first half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Dallas receiver Dez Bryant says he will play in a winner-take-all finale against Philadelphia despite missing practice because of a persistent back problem.

Bryant was downgraded on the practice report Thursday, a day after being a limited participant when the back flared up. He said he aggravated his back in the 24-23 win over Washington.

The Cowboys (8-7) play the Eagles (9-6) on Sunday night in their third straight season-ender with the NFC East title and a playoff berth on the line.

Bryant said he planned to have doctors take a closer look at his back after the season. He had back problems last season as well.

Receiver/kick returner Dwayne Harris (hamstring) was upgraded to a full participant.

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