Dez Bryant made it clear last week that he wouldn’t let a fractured index finger keep him off the field against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and according to head coach Jason Garrett, this came as an emotional boost for the Cowboys.
“I think it has a real positive impact on your football team,” Garrett said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “We had to make sure we went through the whole process of seeing what the doctor said and all of that and talk it through.
“But right from the start, he said, ‘I am playing.’ I think that is a real tribute to his toughness, first and foremost, as a human being and his passion for playing and passion for this football team.”
Bryant caught four passes in the overtime win for 59 yards and a touchdown. It was the third-year receiver’s sixth consecutive game with a touchdown grab.
“Dez was very emotional early in the week about ‘I am playing in this game,’ ” Garrett said. “And I think when you are a football player and you see a guy be so unequivocal about that and say, ‘I’m doing it. Regardless of what the heck this thing is, I’m playing, I need to play,’ ” I think it has a real positive impact on your football team.”
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