- Calvin Watkins, ESPN Staff Writer
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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant told an El Paso radio station that his index finger, which he fractured last season, feels great and that he's catching passes from quarterback Tony Romo at Valley Ranch.
"Finger is great," Bryant said during an interview last week on ESPN 600. "I'm catching passes the same. I'm not missing a beat."
Bryant, who suffered a broken finger in a victory at Cincinnati on Dec. 9, bypassed surgery and instead wore a protective brace because the Cowboys were still in the playoff hunt. Bryant caught 18 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns in the final three games of the regular season.
In the offseason, Bryant has continued to develop chemistry with Romo. The two hooked up for 19 pass plays of 20 or more yards last season.
The Cowboys need more of that if they're going to find success in 2013, and Bryant sees no reason why that can't happen.
"Very excited for him because Tony is that guy," Bryant said of Romo's new contract. "He's a leader of our team. We need that chemistry, and I feel like I need it. Tony has been great to me. He's ready to work with me and all of us, the receiving corps, who want to be the quarterback's best friend."