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December 11, 2012

Jerry Jones says Dez Bryant will be 'ultimate decison-maker' on surgery or padding

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Dez Bryant will be the “ultimate decision-maker” on whether he has surgery now on his left index finger or tries to play with it heavily padded.

Jones, speaking on his weekly radio show on KRLD 105.3 FM “The Fan,” said if Bryant chooses to wait on the surgery, it could have a lasting effect on his finger, leaving it with some stiffness permanently. Jones said hand specialists have said so.

“Dez will the the ultimate decision-maker as to whether or not he wants to continue to try to play with a lot of protection or whether he should have surgery. The reason for the surgery is because you could have a life-lasting stiffness there.

Jones said the Cowboys are still receiving and reviewing the medical information about the finger.

“It has not been decided," Jones said.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said at his Monday press conference that it will be a “medical decision” on whether Bryant plays.

Bryant hurt the finger in the fourth quarter when he caught a slant pass. He left the game for another handful of plays but came back in the same drive to catch a 27-yard touchdown pass. He caught another pass later in the game.

Bryant said he taped up the finger and bore the pain.

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez


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I ahve one finger I can not straighten. I have a wrist that I cannot flex fully because I suffered a fracture of it when younger. It was plastered immediately after the fracture for about 6 weeks. It still ails me. But life has continued unhindered. Did several degrees and many 3 hour exams with these handicaps plus attained a Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. The point is that finger and hand injuries DO NOT GREATLY hinder you later in life. Period!!!

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