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December 13, 2012

Garrett: "We are going to give Dez Bryant every chance to play", confirming plans to delay surgery

Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant plans to delay season-ending surgery on his fractured left index finger and try to play Sunday against the Steelers, even though it could possibly cause long-term damage.

Coach Jason Garrett said no definitive decision has been made on Bryant, who has visited two hand specialists this week. But he said the Cowboys are going to give Bryant every chance to play.

Bryant has not caught passes this week and will not do so on Thursday, because the finger still is swollen. But Garrett said Bryantwill try to do so at some point, possibly even waiting until game day.

"We are going to give him every chance to play," Garrett said. "If that is wait til Saturday (to catch passes), then we will wait til Saturday. If it's wait til Sunday, it's wait til Sunday. We will give him every chance to do it."

Garrett indicated the Cowboys are confident Bryant might be able to go Sunday because he caught a 27-yard touchdown pass against the Bengals last week after fracturing the finger and having it taped together with the middle finger.

"He made a good catch after he was hurt the other day in the game," Garrett said.

Asked if that was because of the adrenaline of playing in the game and the lack of swelling at the time, Garrett responded with "it will probably be a little adrenaline in Sunday."

-- Clarence Hill

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