IRVING, Texas —
surgery on finger
Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant has undergone surgery on his broken left index finger after postponing the procedure for the final three games of the season.
The team reported Tuesday’s successful surgery on its website. Bryant decided to play through the injury because the Cowboys still were in playoff contention. They lost the finale at Washington 28-18 with the NFC East title at stake.
Bryant, a former Oklahoma State star, broke the finger in the fourth quarter at Cincin-nati on Dec. 9 and caught a game-changing touchdown pass after the injury. He had a career-high 224 yards two weeks later against New Orleans. A franchise record-tying touchdown streak of seven games ended against the Redskins.
The third-year pro finished with career highs of 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Patsy Sutton dead at 74
TULSA (AP) — Patsy Sutton — the wife of former Oklahoma State basketball coach Eddie Sutton — has died at age 74.
Officials at Ninde Brookside Chapel said Patsy Sutton died Tuesday at a Tulsa hospital after suffering a stroke in December.
Patsy Sutton followed her husband to coaching stops at College of Southern Idaho, Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky and OSU. Eddie Sutton finished his career as interim coach at San Francisco while Patsy stayed home in Okla-homa.
She’s survived by her sons — Tulsa banker Steve Sutton, Oral Roberts head coach Scott Sutton and ORU assistant Sean Sutton. Sean also coached at OSU after Eddie Sutton resigned in 2006 following an alcohol-related accident.
A memorial service is scheduled for at 2 p.m. Friday at First Methodist Church in Tulsa.
Dallas fires Ryan as
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has been fired after his injury-depleted unit struggled in a pair of season-ending losses that kept the Cowboys out of the playoffs for a third straight year.
Ryan was let go Tuesday, a day after running backs coach Skip Peete was fired. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett announced the move in a release.
Ryan spent two seasons with the Cowboys after he was fired two years into the same job in Cleveland. Dallas missed the playoffs both years with Ryan.
The Cowboys finished with four starters on injured reserve. A fifth starter, nose tackle Jay Ratliff, was limited to six games by ankle and groin injuries.
“I have no hard feeling,’’ Ryan told the Dallas Morning News. “But it doesn’t matter if I coach here or not. I will find another spot.”FLORHAM