Cow­boys re­ceiver Bryant seeks sec­ond opin­ion on bro­ken fin­ger

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Dal­las Cow­boys wide re­ceiver Dez Bryant went to see an­other doc­tor to help de­ter­mine if he can play the rest of this sea­son with a bro­ken fin­ger on his left hand.

Bryant broke his left in­dex fin­ger in Sun­day’s win at Cincin­nati, though he re­turned to the game af­ter the in­jury and caught a touch­down pass. He has touch­down catches in each of the last five games.

■ De­fen­sive line­man Josh Brent has been placed on the re­serve/ non-foot­ball ill­ness list by the Cow­boys, a move that ends his sea­son, but al­lows him to re­main with the team.

■ Former Dal­las line­backer Eu­gene Lock­hart Jr. was sen­tenced in Dal­las to 4½ years in fed­eral prison for his role in a mort­gage fraud scheme to swin­dle mil­lions of dol­lars from home lenders.

Car­di­nals: Quar­ter­back Kevin Kolb, who led Ari­zona to a 4-0 start be­fore suf­fer­ing a rib in­jury in Week 6 and has not played since, was placed on sea­son-end­ing in­jured re­serve. The team named rookie Ryan Lind­ley the start­ing QB Sun­day against Detroit.

Chiefs: Sev­eral hun­dred mourn­ers gath­ered for line­backer Jo­van Belcher’s funeral near his home­town on Long Is­land. Belcher shot and killed his girl­friend on Dec. 1 then shot and killed him­self.

Giants: Coach Tom Cough­lin said he has not ruled out run­ning back Ah­mad Brad­shaw (knee) from Sun­day’s game at At­lanta.

Jaguars: Wide re­ceiver Ce­cil Shorts III is back at prac­tice and symp­tom­free fol­low­ing his first con­cus­sion. Shorts, who has 43 re­cep­tions for 824 yards and seven touch­downs this sea­son, missed last week’s game against the Jets be­cause of symp­toms.

Lions: De­fen­sive tackle Corey Wil­liams (right knee) was put on sea­so­nend­ing in­jured re­serve and de­fen­sive tackle An­dre Fluellen was signed to take his ros­ter spot.

Pack­ers: De­fen­sive back Charles Wood­son (bro­ken col­lar­bone) won’t play in Sun­day’s game at Chicago. Also, line­backer Clay Matthews, who has missed the last four weeks with a ham­string in­jury, prac­ticed and coach Mike McCarthy said he’s “hope­ful” Matthews will play.

Pa­tri­ots: Wide re­ceiver Deion Branch was re­signed for the sec­ond time this sea­son af­ter Donte’ Stall­worth (an­kle) joined fel­low re­ceiver Ju­lian Edel­man (foot) on in­jured re­serve.

Raiders: Line­backer Rolando McClain re­turned to prac­tice af­ter serv­ing a two-game sus­pen­sion for con­duct detri­men­tal to the team. Coach Dennis Allen said McClain would re­main on the ros­ter in a backup role.

Red­skins: Quar­ter­back Robert Grif­fin III (right knee) was a lit­tle gimpy at prac­tice but likes his chances of play­ing Sun­day against Cleve­land.

Saints: Former New Or­leans de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Gregg Wil­liams tes­ti­fied that he tried to shut down the team’s bounty sys­tem when the NFL be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing but was over­ruled by in­terim Saints head coach Joe Vitt, ac­cord­ing to tran­scripts from ap­peals hear­ings.

Vik­ings: Run­ning back Adrian Peter­son needs to av­er­age 134 yards over the fi­nal three games to be­come the sev­enth player in NFL his­tory to reach 2,000 yards rush­ing in a sea­son. How staff mem­bers (listed al­pha­bet­i­cally) are pick­ing this week’s top high school foot­ball games. Danny Davis is the de­fend­ing pick-it­line cham­pion. High­lighted col­umn in­di­cates sea­son leader so far. West­lake vs. Cedar Hill Ge­orge­town vs. Rouse Cedar Park vs. Manor

Lm OTERO / as­so­ci­ated Press

NFL Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell said Wed­nes­day that coaches and play­ers should both share the re­spon­si­bil­ity for the Saints bounty scan­dal. ‘My per­sonal view is I hold ev­ery­one re­spon­si­ble,’ he said.

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