Report: Dez Bryant will try to play against the Steelers

According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant will try to play this Sunday against the Steelers after visiting a hand specialist for his fractured left index finger.

The Cowboys’ medical staff will attempt to devise a means of protecting the finger that also enables Bryant to function as a wide receiver.

Bryant will be limited in practice on Thursday, a source said, and will catch a few passes to see how he feels. He most likely will wear a taped-up splint and be in constant talks with team trainers regarding his finger during practice to determine his comfort level.

If Bryant reinjures the finger, it could cause permanent stiffness, which would minimize his ability to catch passes.

“One of the things that we know about Dez is that he’s a tough guy and he loves playing football,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday morning. “He’s going to give himself and our team every chance possible to play in (Sunday’s game) and continue to play this season.

“We just need to get more medical information about how to handle the situation right now, the best way to handle it for now and for the future.”