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December 18, 2012

Bryant's insistence that he was playing had 'real positive impact' on Cowboys, Garrett says

Dez Bryant’s insistence last week that he was playing – broken finger or not – proved to be a rallying point for the Cowboys.

“I think it has a real positive impact on your football team,” coach Jason Garrett said. “We had to make sure we went through the whole process of seeing what the doctor said and all of that and talk it through.

“But right from the start, he said, ‘I am playing.’ I think that is a real tribute to his toughness, first and foremost, as a human being and his passion for playing and passion for this football team.”

Bryant caught four passes on nine targets for 59 yards and a touchdown, his sixth straight game with a touchdown, in the 27-24 overtime victory against Pittsburgh.

Garrett said the Steelers it didn’t look like the Steelers played Bryant tougher or easier because of the broken finger. He praised Bryant for his desire to play and for getting through the game.

“Dez was very emotional early in the week about ‘I am playing in this game,’ ” Garrett said. “And I think when you are a football player and you see a guy be so unequivocal about that and say, ‘I’m doing it. Regardless of what the heck this thing is, I’m playing, I need to play,’ ” I think it has a real positive impact on your football team.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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