Dez Bryant more confident playing with fractured index finger

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One game after playing with a fractured left index finger that will require surgery when the season is over, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant believes he’ll be better.

Bryant made only four catches for 59 yards but did score a touchdown in a victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday and now he could be more involved this Sunday when the Cowboys host the New Orleans Saints.

This finger (it's about) just mental toughness, that's all,” Bryant said, according to Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas. “If I felt like it was going to bring me down, I probably couldn't be out here doing what I'm doing. I don't think about it as much. I don't feel the pain. I just go out and play football.”

Bryant is wearing a split on his hand and it exposes the left tip of his finger. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said previously that Bryant would require a bone graft when he has surgery. He’s since corrected himself.

Bryant feels more confident and that’s a positive for the Cowboys (8-6) as they chase a playoff spot in a crowded NFC field.

“On certain things, I wasn't sure,” Bryant said of his ability to catch passes. “Now it's a whole different story. I felt like I'm catching as if my finger wasn't broken.

“This week during practice, catching went fine. I'm reaching out and catching with my hands and doing it like my finger isn't broken.”

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