Tim Polzer
Friday December 14th, 2012

Dez Bryant will play Sunday against the Steelers with a fractured finger that will require surgery. (John Grieshop/Getty Images) Dez Bryant will play Sunday against the Steelers despite a fractured finger that will require surgery. (John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, who sought a second opinion on his fractured left index finger from a hand specialist Wednesday, said Thursday he will play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

A source told ESPN the specialist confirmed the fracture would require surgery, but Bryant has decided to delay the procedure.

Bryant practiced Thursday wearing a protective splint and padding on his left hand.

"Only thing y'all need to know is I'm playing," he said in the locker room.
Bryant has shown signs of living up to his potential to be a Pro Bowl receiver in the second half of the season, with 30 receptions for 438 yards and six touchdowns over the past four games. He ranks 10th in the NFL with 1,028 receiving yards (1,028) and is tied for third with nine touchdowns.

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