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Dez Bryant: 'Have to break my leg to keep me out'

Dez Bryant doesn't sound like a player who will let a broken finger end his season with the Dallas Cowboys.

"It would take more than this to take me out," Bryant said via Scout.com. "No way. They'd have to break my leg to keep me out."

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Bryant wants to play through the injury, and his comments certainly seem to back that up.

Jerry Jones said Tuesday that Bryant's playing status will be up to him. The Cowboys owner said Bryant risks permanent stiffness in the finger if he puts off surgery until after the season.

"Dez will be the ultimate decision-maker as to whether or not he wants to continue to try to play with a lot of protection or whether he should have surgery," Jones said during his weekly radio show. "The reason for the surgery is because you could have life-lasting stiffness there."

Jerrah says it's up to Dez. Dez says only a malicious beating could sideline him. This seems to be pointing in a certain direction, but let's see how the rest of the week plays out.

Follow Dan Hanzus on Twitter @DanHanzus.

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