Dez Bryant of Dallas Cowboys in line for bone graft

  • By Marc Sessler
  • Around the League Writer
  • Published: Dec. 17, 2012 at 09:31 a.m.

Dez Bryant will go under the knife to repair his broken left finger after this season ends for the Dallas Cowboys.

Team owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Sunday night the receiver will likely require a bone graft to fill in the fracture, a procedure that might involve extracting bone tissue from Bryant's hip. That doesn't sound like much fun to us -- or to Bryant.

"I haven't heard anything like that," Bryant told The Dallas Morning News after his team's 27-24 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. "I don't know if Mr. Jones was being sarcastic. I'm not letting anybody touch my hip."

Bryant agreed a bone graft might be in order, but said he'd prefer a frozen bone from a donor before pulling material from another part of his body. The third-year wideout spent last week visiting with a string of specialists who weighed in on whether Bryant could play out the season before opting for surgery.

Bryant took the field and hauled in four catches for 59 yards and a touchdown against the Steelers. He didn't sound like a man in pain after the victory put Dallas (8-6) in a three-way tie for the NFC East.

"The finger felt fine," Bryant said. "It felt way better than I thought. I feel like I can keep going with it."