IRVING – Dez Bryant, the Cowboys’ leading receiver, may need season-ending surgery to repair the ligaments in his sprained finger. Bryant will visit a specialist for an opinion. Should he need to undergo the surgery, the Cowboys will place him on the Injured Reserve.
"We don't know the extent of the injury, so we're still evaluating that," said Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett. "We'll see exactly what it is and what he's able to do going forward."
Bryant, 24, sprained his finger in the fourth quarter of Dallas’s slim victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. He left the game for a few plays but eventually returned. Dallas won 20-19; Bryant put up six catches for 50 yards and notched a touchdown in the final quarter.
"[H]e's a real tough guy, passionate about playing," Garrett said in his press conference Monday afternoon. "He certainly made a big play in [Sunday's] ballgame, and I think that's a tribute to his toughness and love of the game."
His finger was in a splint after the game. During a midday press conference from Valley Ranch, Garrett credited adrenaline as the reason Bryant was able to reenter the game and catch a 27-yard score.
The third-year wide receiver has had the best year of his career thus far, logging 1,028 yards on 75 total receptions. He averages 13.7 yards per catch.
At 7-6, The Cowboys will likely need to win the remaining games on their schedule to make the playoffs. They're currently in third place in the NFC East, trailing both the New York Giants (8-5) and the Washington Redskins (7-6).