Dez Bryant plays vs. Steelers

Updated: December 16, 2012, 4:32 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins |

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant played in Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers despite a fractured left index finger.

Bryant suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of last weekend's victory against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Cowboys believe Bryant will be OK to play wearing a taped-up splint. He was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report.

Bryant met with a team doctor on Monday and a hand specialist on Wednesday and was told his options regarding surgery or possibly playing.

Bryant was told he needs surgery and re-injuring the finger might cause long-term damage. If Bryant wanted to have season-ending surgery, coach Jason Garrett said it wouldn't occur until next week.

Bryant wants to delay the surgery because the Cowboys are in a playoff push. Dallas is just one game out of first place in the NFC East with three games remaining in the regular season.

"It is a mental thing," Bryant said Friday. "I felt like if I go out there and am worrying about my finger, about catching the football, there is no need for me to be out there. I went out (Friday) in practice as if there wasn't anything wrong with my finger. I feel like that's my mindset about it."

Bryant is tied for third in the NFL with nine receiving touchdowns and is 10th in the NFL with 1,028 receiving yards.

Calvin Watkins joined in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.