Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant could be sidelined for Dallas’ playoff push with a finger injury, pending the results of an examination by a hand specialist on Monday.
Bryant injured the hand early in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 20-19 win at Cincinnati. He was able to finish the game despite the injury and caught a 27-yard touchdown pass with 6:35 left.
“He’s still getting checked on now, and we’ll see what his status is going forward,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Monday. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports it’s a fractured index finger.
Bryant is having his best season with 75 catches for 1,028 yards and nine touchdowns.
“We’re just trying to figure out what it is,” Garrett said Monday afternoon. “I think he’s literally at the doctor as we speak now.”
The Cowboys play Pittsburgh at home Sunday in a battle of 7-6 teams trying to keep playoff hopes alive.
”Adrenaline sometimes allows players to continue to play after they’ve
had an injury,” Garrett said. ”He certainly made a big play in the
ballgame, and I think that’s a real tribute to his toughness and his
love for the game.”
If Bryant ends up on injured reserve, he will
be the fifth Dallas starter sidelined by a season-ending injury. The
other four are defenders, and nickel cornerback Orlando Scandrick is out
for the year with a hand injury. Nose tackle Jay Ratliff has missed
seven games with ankle and groin injuries.
Dallas is still a game behind
Chicago and Seattle for the two wild-card spots in the NFC, and the New
York Giants stayed a game ahead in the NFC East by beating New Orleans.