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Jason Garrett hopeful Dez Bryant to play for Cowboys

Dez Bryant said this week the Dallas Cowboys would need to "break my leg" to keep him out of Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It's his broken finger, not his leg, the team is concerned about.

Bryant made a surprise appearance at practice Wednesday, running onto the field with no wraps or bandages on his hand, according to The Associated Press. Bryant declined to comment on the injury to reporters, saying he was off to see the doctor.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is hopeful the team's most productive wide receiver will be ready to play.

"Dez is going to see another guy today, later in the day," Garrett told reporters Wednesday. "(I) don't anticipate him practicing today, and we'll see where he is once we get that information. He's going to give it every chance to play this week and this season. We just need to get more medical information."

The decision likely will come down to Bryant. If there was ever a time to play through the (likely excessive) discomfort of the injury, it would be Sunday.

The Cowboys (7-6) are alive in the NFC East race and in decent position for a wild-card spot, but another loss would devastate their chances. The Steelers (7-6) face similar pressure and have their franchise quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, back in the fold. All stars are needed.

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.

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