Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant likely will undergo surgery that requires a bone graft after the season to repair his broken left finger.
Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said the graft would come come from bone tissue in Bryant's hip.
"Dez is going to have, more than likely, bone taken off his hip and put into that index finger joint," Jones said, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "It is a fracture, but it's not a ligament. Make no mistake, he has a serious injury. He certainly is playing with some risks, but he was inspirational out there to everybody involved in this organization."
Not so fast, the third-year receiver said. hewants the extraction to come from a different source.
Bryant would prefer frozen bone from a donor, he told The Dallas Morning News after the Cowboys' 27-24 overtime win Sunday over Pittsburgh.
"I haven't heard anything like that," Bryant said. "I don't know if Mr. Jones was being sarcastic. I'm not letting anybody touch my hip."
Bryant suffered the injury last week and, after consulting with specialists, decided to forgo season-ending surgery to keep playing. The finger appeared to bother him at times Sunday, but he managed to catch four passes for 59 yards and a touchdown against the Steelers.
"The finger felt fine," said Bryant, who had his index and middle fingers taped together. "It felt way better than I thought. I feel like I can keep going with it."
The win pulled the Cowboys into a three-way tie atop the NFC East standings with Washington and the New York Giants.