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December 09, 2012

Dez Bryant says he feels no pain as he catches touchdown pass with sprained finger

Dez Bryant’s 27-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter helped the Cowboys win. He caught it despite a sprained finger that he had to have taped up. He missed a few plays because of it, and he almost couldn’t stand not being on the field.

“My whole mindset was, ‘Hey, fight, fight, fight, fight. Fight. I just walked up and down the sideline, wanting my teammates to feel what I was feeling, wanted them to know what I was thinking in my head,” he said. “We won’t be denied. We’re going to come fight. We’re going to come fight. We’re going to come fight. I sprained my finger or whatever, but I didn’t want that to keep me out. I wanted to come back in. I tossed the ball a little bit before I ran back in to see if it was OK. Hey, I felt OK, so I went back into the game.”

Bryant said somehow, he didn’t feel any pain.

“To be honest, I was so pumped about the game, I didn’t feel anything,” he said. “I wasn’t thinking about it. I felt like if I was thinking about it, I probably would have dropped it. I went in, went in with a relentless attitude and just wanted it.”

The touchdown catch was Bryant’s seventh in five games. It gave him nine for the season, and he also became a 1,000-yard receiver. The Cowboys hadn’t had one the past two years. His 2,517 career yards make him 20th on the club’s all-time list, and his 24 touchdowns make him 12th.

“Like I said all along, it don’t stop. It’s not going to stop,” he said. “I’ve just felt like I’m Dez. That’s just what it is. I feel good. I feel relaxed. I feel comfortable. I owe that all to my teammates. Hey, I love the way, you know, we all just come together. I love the way Tony talks. I like the fact that he gets on me. Witten, Miles. I just feel like we all play a big role in each other’s success.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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