Nov 22, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) in the end zone after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter of the game against the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving at Cowboys Stadium. The Redskins beat the Cowboys 38-31. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dez Bryant: If We Weren't Fighting For A Playoff Spot, I'd Have Surgery

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is risking permanent damage to his left index finger by passing up on surgery in order to continue playing. Bryant says that he is okay with putting his long term health on the line because making the playoffs is more important.

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

You have to admire Bryant’s toughness and willingness to help his team out.

The big question will be weather or not Bryant is able to put up with the pain in his left index finger. He practiced on Friday in an effort to get an idea of what type of pain he will be dealing with on Sunday.

“It is a mental thing,” Bryant said. “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 today in practice as if there wasn’t anything wrong with my finger. I feel like that’s my mindset about it.”

This season, Bryant has gone a long way to showcase his maturity and new and improved leadership. By playing through the injury, he is sure to win over his teammates and the fans.

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