If there’s one thing that will be remembered about the 2012 campaign, it’s that the Dallas Cowboys just can’t stay healthy.
After squeaking by the Cincinnati Bengals in an emotional game following the death of linebacker Jerry Brown Jr., the Cowboys found out that Dez Bryant might miss an extended period of time with a hand injury, if not the rest of the season.
During the game I noticed that Bryant was looking at his hand, and shaking it. I told my sister who was sitting next to me, “I hope that’s not as bad as it looked.” What I saw appeared to be the index finger on his left hand contorted in a weird manner.
“I sprained my finger or whatever, but I didn’t want that to keep me out,” Bryant said. “I wanted to come back in. I tossed the ball a little bit before I ran back in to see if it was OK. Hey, I felt OK, so I went back into the game.”
Following the game Bryant’s hand was in a splint, but he said it didn’t bother him when he caught his seventh touchdown over a five-game span.
“To be honest, I was so pumped about the game, I didn’t feel anything. I wasn’t thinking about it,” Bryant said. “If I was thinking about it, I probably would have dropped it. I went in with a relentless attitude and just wanted it.”
Bryant will visit a hand specialist this week and get a second opinion, but from what I’m hearing it’s severe enough to where the Cowboys might be forced to shut down their most productive receiver in the second half of the season.
Should Bryant’s season come to an end, the team would need Miles Austin to step up and be the No.1 receiver they thought he’d be when he signed his extension in 2010.
It also means the Kevin Ogletree experiment will continue.