Receiver Dez Bryant said he would have had surgery this week if the Cowboys had been eliminated from the playoff race.
“The position that we are in is what makes me want to be out there,” Bryant said Friday. “If there was anything less than what we’ve got a chance of, I would have went ahead and got surgery.”
Bryant, who was limited in practice Thursday and Friday after sitting out Wednesday, is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with his fractured left index finger. But he leaves no doubt that he is playing, pain or no not.
Bryant sought two medical opinions before deciding to forgo surgery until after the season.
He had athletic tape wrapped around the finger in the locker room after practice. He would not address how much pain he expects to be in or how the training staff will protect the finger Sunday. Bryant said he does not know if he will need a pain-killing injection before the game.
“Can’t think about it,” Bryant said when asked how he’d deal with the pain. “I’m telling you, it’s a mental thing. Mental plays a big part of it with injuries. If you start believing you can’t do it, you can’t do it. If you believe you can do it, you can do it. And I feel like it plays a factor.”
-- Charean Williams