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Dez Bryant putting off surgery for chance at playoffs

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has been vocal this week about not missing the remainder of the season because of a broken finger.

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On Friday, Bryant explained that the possibility of a first trip to the playoffs in three NFL seasons has kept him from undergoing season-ending surgery.

"The position that we are in, that makes me want to be out there," Bryant said, via "If there was anything less than what we got a chance of, I would have went ahead and got surgery."

The Cowboys have come to rely heavily on Bryant, who has 75 catches for 1,028 yards and nine touchdowns this season. Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said earlier Friday that Bryant could be facing lifelong stiffness in the finger.

According to, Bryant caught passes and used his hands to fight off press coverage during Friday's practice. His broken finger was heavily taped. He's officially listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Cowboys have been through plenty of ups and downs with Bryant, but his elite production and willingness to play through injury have to be changing opinions in and around Jerrah World.

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