The Dallas Cowboys were roughed up by the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, but pulled out a 20-19 win, on a 40-yard Dan Bailey field goal. Cornerback Morris Claiborne suffered a deep wound on his lip and received stitches in the third quarter and didn’t return. DeMarcus Ware (shoulder), guard Nate Livings (knee) and safety Gerald Sensabaugh (leg) were also nicked up, but they all were able to return to action.
The biggest injury was to their star receiver Dez Bryant, who suffered a “sprained left finger,” and was seen wearing a splint after the game was over. He did miss a few snaps, but he did return in the fourth quarter. Well, it’s being reported that it’s more than just a sprained finger at this point.
Nothing confirmed just yet, but it’s been reported that Bryant does indeed have torn ligaments in his finger and will be shut down for the remainder of the season. Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said Dez has gone to a hand specialist to see if the injury will require surgery. When asked if Dez will be placed on IR if the hand requires surgery, Garrett said “it’s 50-50.”
This is devastating news not only to the Cowboys franchise but also to Bryant owners in fantasy football. Bryant has remained the most productive receiver in Dallas this season, and the Cowboys are currently riding a two-game win streak and chasing a playoff berth. Bryant has posted career numbers this season, catching 75 balls for 1,028 yards and nine touchdowns. Bryant has caught a touchdown in five consecutive games so this injury could not have came at a worse time for the Cowboys and Bryant owners.
Without Bryant, the Cowboys receiving core will be very thin, and Miles Austin and Jason Witten will have to step up if they want to play past Week 17. Check back here for more details regarding Bryant’s injury as they are released.
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