LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 30: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys is tackled by DeAngelo Hall #23 of the Washington Redskins after a pass reception in the second quarter at FedExField on December 30, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
After suffering a broken left index finger in the Dallas Cowboys' road win over the Bengals, it was suggested that wide receiver Dez Bryant should shut it down for the season and have surgery to repair it.
Only problem was, the Cowboys were in the thick of the playoff hunt and Bryant had come to life and finally shown why he was so highly touted coming out of Oklahoma State, so Bryant decided to play through it, and he played well.
Well, now that the Cowboys' season is over — again without a playoff berth — Bryant can get that finger fixed and be ready for the 2013 season after a breakout 2012 campaign. He'll do that Tuesday as he's scheduled for surgery to repair the bum finger.
In his last three games playing with the injured finger, Bryant caught three touchdown passes with 17 catches for 354 yards. He finished the season with 92 catches for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns — numbers becoming of a bona fide No. 1 receiver in the NFL.
Now Cowboys fans, and Bryant, should just hope today's surgery takes hold and he's ready to roll when training camp begins in about six months.