Bryant may need bone graft for injured finger

December 16, 2012

ARLINGTON, Texas — Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Sunday night that Dez Bryant will likely need a bone graft to fill in the fracture in the wide receiver's left index finger.

The procedure Jones described would involve taking bone tissue from Bryant's hip and placing it into the injured finger joint.

But Bryant said that's not happening.

"I haven't heard anything like that," Bryant said after the Cowboys' 27-24 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. "I don't know if Mr. Jones was being sarcastic. I'm not letting anybody touch my hip."

There are other ways of completing the procedure, including an allograft, which would involve using a frozen bone from a donor. Bryant said that would be an option, before quickly adding, "It's not coming from my hip."

Bryant suffered the injury a week ago against the Cincinnati Bengals. He visited with two specialists who both said he needs surgery. Bryant is delaying the procedure until after the season.

Playing with his index and middle finger taped together, Bryant caught four passes for 59 yards and a touchdown on Sunday.

"The finger felt fine," Bryant said. "It felt way better than I thought. I feel like I can keep going with it."

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