Cowboys’ Bryant misses practice, plans to play

Dallas receiver Dez Bryant says he will play in a

winner-take-all finale against Philadelphia despite missing

practice because of a persistent back problem.

Bryant was downgraded on the practice report Thursday, a day

after being a limited participant when the back flared up. He said

he aggravated his back in the 24-23 win over Washington.

The Cowboys (8-7) play the Eagles (9-6) on Sunday night in their

third straight season-ender with the NFC East title and a playoff

berth on the line.

Bryant said he planned to have doctors take a closer look at his

back after the season. He had back problems last season as

well.

Receiver/kick returner Dwayne Harris (hamstring) was upgraded to

a full participant.

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