Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant said Thursday he will delay surgery on his broken left index finger and will play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"Only thing y'all need to know is I'm playing," the left-handed Bryant said.
A hand specialist met with Bryant on Wednesday and confirmed that the finger needed surgery, ESPN.com reported. Bryant is expected to wear a specially made splint to protect the finger.
"I talked to him a little bit," Romo said. "A lot of it is about what the doctors are telling you. What is the long-term effects? At the same time, what are the stuff that can happen each week? What if you wait a little bit? What happens if you go out now. ... There's a lot of different scenarios that can play out."
X-rays revealed a fracture on Monday. If he plays through the injury, there's a fear that he could compromise flexibility in the finger permanently.
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..