No surprise here, as although he was an extremely limited participant in practice all week due to his left index finger injury, Dez Bryant repeatedly said that he intends to play today against the Steelers. Now he’s officially active, and those who were waiting for this splendid news and had handcuffed Dwayne Harris can now go ahead and slot Bryant in.
However, you should probably do that with decreased expectations. Of course now that I’ve written that Bryant will do something superhuman and catch 19 balls for 232 yards or something, because I’m quite helpful like that. But logic dictates that a receiver who’s essentially playing without one finger could have some difficulty with the basic act of catching a football.
Sure, Bryant caught some passes from Tony Romo this week in practice, but he favored the injury heavily, and it could limit him throughout the remainder of this season. So until he proves us wrong, approach Bryant as though he’ll give you WR3-level production, instead of his usual high WR1 ceiling.