Shortly before Tony Romo threw that ill-fated interception with just over three minutes to go and the Cowboys trailing the Redskins 21-18, Dallas lost its best receiver, Dez Bryant, to a back injury. He didn't return but despite missing most of the fourth quarter, he ended up leading the team in receiving on the night (71 yards for four catches). It's a small consolation given the result.
After the game, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Bryant "could hardly walk," something reiterated on Twitter by several beat reporters.
Dez Bryant's back is so bad that he can't walk. Just helped into the showers.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) December 31, 2012
There is a wheel chair outside locker room not sure if its for Bryant because his back is locked up.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) December 31, 2012
Bryant came into the season finale with a broken finger, but it hadn't hindered his performance in the Cowboys' previous two games (he had 13 catches for 288 yards and 3 touchdowns). But early in the fourth quarter against the Skins, the former first-round pick was in visible pain after running a sideline route, before heading to the bench for treatment.
There's no word on the severity of Bryant's injury but he'll have the entire offseason to get healthy.
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