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Cowboys' Bryant hoping to play Sunday

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant intends to play with a broken left index finger Sunday against Pittsburgh.

Bryant, who was injured in the Cowboys' win over Cincinnati last Sunday, was scheduled for an examination on Wednesday to determine whether he could play with the finger in a splint, ESPN reported.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he's leaving the decision up to Bryant.

"I know he wants to play," Jones said on KRLD-FM. "Dez will be the ultimate decision-maker on surgery or playing with some kind of padding. Make no mistake about it. Dez is champing at the bit and wants to take the route of playing."

X-rays revealed a fracture on Monday, There's still a chance that season-ending surgery could be necessary. If he plays through the injury, there's a fear that he could compromise flexibility in the finger permanently, ESPN reported.

Even if Bryant feels he's able to give it a go, it's unlikely he'll practice this week. He also must determine whether he can catch passes with the finger compromised.

"Dez is going to see another guy today, later in the day," Garrett told reporters Wednesday. "(I) don't anticipate him practicing today, and we'll see where he is once we get that information. He's going to give it every chance to play this week and this season. We just need to get more medical information."

Garrett said it's in the hands of the medical staff.

"We're going to do everything we can to give him a chance to play," Garrett said this week. "At the same time, there's a medical decision, as well, that we have to factor into this thing."

Bryant leads the Cowboys this season with 75 catches for 1,028 yards and nine touchdowns, including a TD catch Sunday against the Bengals after he suffered the injury..
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