There has been a lot of speculation about whether Dez Bryant will play with a fractured left index finger or not and according to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, the decision will be up to Bryant.
“It has not been decided by Dez, who will be the ultimate decision maker, whether or not he wants to try to continue to play with a lot of protection or whether or not he should have surgery,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan. “But make no mistake about it, Dez is chomping at the bit and wants to take the route of playing.”
File that last comment in the ‘Captain Obvious’ column. We all know that Dez is as tough as they come and will do anything to play. No one has ever questioned his passion for the game of football but there are risks that go along with Bryant playing. If Bryant further damaged the finger it could lead to permanent stiffness, which could affect him for the rest of his life. Does that sound like a smart choice to you?
Dez Bryant has shown this year that he’s a force to be reckoned with and a building block for the Cowboys, so risking the rest of his career for the rest of this season does not seem worth it. Bryant, for as tough as he is, like most players, sometimes need to be guided to the right decisions. As Jason Witten said earlier this season with his injury, players play, that’s what we do and I’m guessing Bryant feels the same way.
The Cowboys have been building for their future in the past two years and the risk of Bryant playing doesn’t equal the reward for the future of the team. Regardless of what you read, this injury isn’t a season killer for the Cowboys. They’ve survived without Sean Lee, Bruce Carter and other key players to be in the playoff hunt and this injury won’t stop that pursuit. It certainly doesn’t help their playoff chances but they still have the receiving weapons to be effective without Bryant, although not as explosive.
The team should take the decision out of Dez’s hands and make it for him. Unfortunately, the best decision for the team and Dez Bryant should be to have the surgery and put him on injured reserve, it makes the most sense.
It’s not what we all want but it’s the best thing for Bryant and the future of the Dallas Cowboys. Like it or not, that’s what this season has been about, the future and it looks best with a healthy Dez Bryant.
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