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Friday, December 14, 2012
Dez Bryant plays catch with DeMarco Murray

By Calvin Watkins

IRVING, Texas -- Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, who is nursing a fractured left index finger, played catch with running back DeMarco Murray during the open portion of practice to the media on Friday.

As Bryant was playing catch, he threw the ball back to Murray with his right-hand. Bryant is left-handed.

On Thursday, Bryant caught a few passes during practice and things might intensify on Friday.

"He did not do a whole lot in practice," coach Jason Garrett said. "He did run around a little bit, broke the huddle a couple of times. He looks good. We still have a lot of different things we have to get on before we get him ready to play in this ballgame. But his mindset is to play in the game and we're excited about that and we'll continue to evaluate him."

Garrett said there is still some swelling in the finger and Bryant will tinker with some taped-up splints. However, the objective is to play Bryant on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"We're going to give him a chance to play in the game," Garrett said.

There is a possibility if Bryant re-injures the finger it causes long-term damage. The Cowboys have discussed this issue with Bryant and his agent, Eugene Parker.

"We sure wouldn’t do anything if we felt it would impact his long-term career,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said on KRLD-FM Friday.

"I think with any injured player you want to keep your eyes on him and the position coaches do a great job of that," Garrett said. "The training staff does a great job of that, similarly you just have to talk to the player."