Don’t do us like this, Dez.
Team source: The Cowboys fear Dez Bryant is out for the season. Do not know for sure. He is set to see a hand specialist @nickeatman said
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 10, 2012
Bryant injured his left index finger during the Cowboys’ win over Cincinnati yesterday, an injury that he self-diagnosed as a sprain. Turns out Bryant’s medical skills are on par with those of Dr. Nick.
This will either get really bad or slightly better fast. More words and/or loathing on the way shortly.
UPDATE (5:32 p.m. ET): There’s hope yet. Faint, glorious hope.
Jason Garrett was predictably vague while floating coach speak during his press conference this afternoon in Dallas, saying that Bryant is getting examined, and there’s no definitive diagnosis right now regarding his status going forward and his availability this week. Surgery remains a strong possibility, though, and if that happens Bryant’s season will end abruptly for the second time in just three years.
From Todd Archer:
If Bryant needs surgery, he will miss the rest of the season. According to a source, the best-case scenario is that Bryant will be able to delay surgery and play with his fingers taped for the rest of the season.
Ahhh, so there’s that hope. Cling to it, and hold it tight.
Garrett also told Nick Eatman that Bryant is seeing a hand specialist, and he set the receiver’s odds of playing again this year at “50-50.” So he’s saying there’s a chance, but Eatman’s gut says Bryant will be placed on the injured reserve soon. We don’t care for the musings of your body fat, Eatman.
Clearly any Bryant absence will make Miles Austin and Jason Witten owners smile wide smiles as they receive an uptick in targets and scoring opportunities. But for you Bryant owners who are slowly filling with sorrow at the thought of losing your wide receiver who has seven touchdowns over his past five games — a stretch in which he’s also averaged 105 receiving yards per game, with two games over 140 — replacing that production during fantasy playoff time becomes impossible.
Your best attempt is to look deeper down the Cowboys’ WR depth chart, and immediately make a claim on Dwayne Harris. When Miles Austin went down on Thanksgiving Day, Harris stepped up with 71 yards on four catches, which included a 36-yard reception. He didn’t duplicate that production yesterday, but he was still targeted eight times — one of which turned into a 21-yard catch — while Kevin Ogletree was targeted only three times.