Dez Bryant of Dallas Cowboys wants to play Sunday

  • By Marc Sessler
  • Around the League Writer
  • Updated: Dec. 13, 2012 at 10:17 a.m.

Tales of Dez Bryant's demise were premature.'s Albert Breer cited a team source to report Thursday that Bryant will attempt to play in Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Dallas Cowboys receiver is leaning that way after gaining a second opinion Wednesday on the broken finger he suffered in a Week 14 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Bryant's thinking doesn't guarantee he will play, however. A team source told Breer the Cowboys will place a hard splint on Bryant's finger Thursday. The Cowboys want to see if the splint will provide enough protection to prevent permanent damage. They also want to see if Bryant can catch the ball while wearing it.

Bryant will require surgery after the season if he puts it off now, the source told Breer. For today, however, Bryant is focused on helping the Cowboys win.