Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant fractured his index finger on Dec. 9 against the Cincinnati Bengals, but the three-year veteran says he's doing fine, according to Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas. Bryant didn't miss any time with injury last season.
Bryant told ESPN 600 in El Paso, Texas, that the finger isn't an issue, and he's been catching passes from Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo:
"Finger is great," Bryant said during an interview last week on ESPN 600. "I'm catching passes the same. I'm not missing a beat."
The Cowboys selected Bryant with the 24th-overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, and his workload for the team has increased each year since then. In 2012, Bryant caught 92 passes for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns. During his time in Dallas, the 24-year-old has compiled 200 receptions, 2,871 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Bryant will be a key figure for the Cowboys in 2013, as the team will try to get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2009. Dallas's passing offense was outstanding last season, thanks in large part to Bryant, ranking third in the NFL with 295.6 yards per game. The Cowboys and their star receiver hope Romo and the aerial attack will have a similar impact this season:
"Very excited for him because Tony is that guy," Bryant said of Romo's new contract. "He's a leader of our team. We need that chemistry, and I feel like I need it. Tony has been great to me. He's ready to work with me and all of us, the receiving corps, who want to be the quarterback's best friend."