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RB DeMarco Murray - Dallas Cowboys

5-10, 213Born: 2-12-1988College: OklahomaDrafted: Round 3

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Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand) is participating in practice Thursday, Dec. 18, and did receive some snaps in team drills.

He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Dec 15): Murray is having hand surgery on Monday to repair a broken ring finger on his left hand - there are conflicting opinions on whether or not he'll be able to play this week. Stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News to find out the latest on this developing story as the week flows towards the Week 16 games over the weekend.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Murray has a broken bone in his hand and he had surgery on Monday to repair it. He hasn't been ruled out of the game yet, but there is a real chance he does not suit up against the Colts.

General News (Fri Dec 19): partially participated in Friday's practice and is officially questionable to play this week. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, however, told KRLD-FM he is "pretty positive" that Murray will play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. NFL Insider Ian Rapoport spoke to a source that said Murray is "tough, he has a high pain threshold and he feels good." Even though it seems like Murray will play, the injury will likely limit him. "He hasn't done much with the ball in his left hand," coach Jason Garrett told reporters Friday. "He's trying to work his way back -- he just had surgery a couple days ago. So, I think, again, his mind is right, he has a long away to go, we'll take it day by day, and we'll see how he is come game time."

General News (Thu Dec 18): partially participated in Thursday's practice. Murray is in no more risk if he plays in Week 16 against the Indianapolis Colts than if he sits out this week, according to head coach Jason Garrett. Murray had a plate and screws put into his broken left hand to stabilize the fourth metacarpal. He's been wearing a hard plastic shell on top of his glove for more protection.

General News (Wed Dec 17): wasn't expected to do a lot at practice Wednesday, Dec. 17, and officially didn't. Murray, however, actually took first-team snaps at running back while wearing a pad on top of his left hand. Head coach Jason Garrett said the team wanted to see him work in practice to make sure he could carry the ball under duress. "You start with a plan and a vision for what you need to have there and then you just go through feedback, with DeMarco and the training staff, you try to get it to the point where it's functional and comfortable for him to go play," Garrett said of the added protection. "It's an evolution. They'll talk back and forth as the week goes on hopefully get something he's comfortable with."

General News (Tue Dec 16): has a good chance to play in Week 16 against the Indianapolis Colts after breaking a bone in his left hand, according to a team source. "Obviously, DeMarco Murray has a broken bone in his hand," owner Stephen Jones said. "At the same time, he hasn't been ruled out. It's not something that if it responds well after surgery today, that he can't come back and play this weekend. It's probably a tough expectation to think that he can, but we'll see." Former Cowboy Emmitt Smith underwent a similar surgery during his career and missed one game. Murray, however, will likely be a game-time decision, according to owner Jerry Jones. Jones said the team is still evaluating Murray's status for this weekend. "I think we just want to take a look at it. We don't know," Jones said. "I'm not so sure, when they say the definition of healing, how much can heal between now and Sunday."

Week 16: vs Indianapolis Colts

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Big news this week as DeMarco Murray had surgery Monday on his broken left ring finger - the early word is that the team is hopeful that he'll be able to play, but there is no guarantee that he will (or that he'll be effective with his hand wrapped to protect it). This is a developing story so stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News as we approach the weekend to gauge whether it will be Murry or some combination of Joseph Randle (34/237/2 rushing, with 2/13/0 receiving this season) and Lance Dunbar (26/91/0 rushing with 16/207/0 receiving) who'll be behind Tony Romo on Sunday. The Colts' rush D allowed 41/137/0 rushing to the Texans last week, and 32/115/1 to the Browns two games back - they average 110.4 yards rushing allowed per game (16th in the NFL) with 13 rushing scores handed out over 14 games. If Murray can't go, this is a neutral matchup. If he is able to take the field, upgrade this matchup a notch to 'good'.

Recent Stats and Projections

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12 at NYG 24 121 0 3 2 22 0 0
13 vs PHI 20 73 1 6 6 40 0 0
14 at CHI 32 179 1 10 9 49 0 0
15 at PHI 31 81 2 1 1 3 0 0
16 vs IND PROJ-Dodds 16 * * 2 * * *
16 vs IND PROJ-Tremblay 15 * * 3 * * *
16 vs IND PROJ-Bloom 17 * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs PHI (20 / 73 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 40 / 0 rec)

Another week, another 20 or more touches for Murray as the centerpiece of the Dallas offense. The Eagles were impressive in their run defense; however, as Murray's typical chunk gains were few and far between. Despite eight carries in the first quarter, Murray and the offensive line mustered only 22 yards on the ground. A well-blocked goal line carry for a first half touchdown was commonplace for the first three months of the season, but an aberration against Philadelphia. Murray had a stretch of three carries for close to 20 yards from the shadow of Dallas' end zone in the second quarter as a quality stretch. Also, Murray came out with strong production in the early third quarter. A second touchdown was inches away for Murray as he stepped out of bounds prior to extending for the pylon on another third quarter carry. Late in the game, Murray padded his receiving production with two garbage time receptions for 25 yards. He was stuffed on a fourth-and-one attempt in the middle of the fourth quarter that essentially iced the game. This marks only the second game of the season where Murray averaged less than 4.0 yards-per-carry. Dallas gets the Eagles, in Philadelphia, again in two weeks.

2014 Week 14 vs CHI (32 / 179 / 1 rush, 10 / 9 / 49 / 0 rec)

Murray continued his chase of 2,000 yards this season with a monster workload in Dallas' victory over Chicago. He logged eight receptions in the first half alone, tops by any running back in the first 30 minutes of a game dating back to 2012. Murray had 10 touches on one Dallas touchdown alone, which ended with Murray converting a fourth-and-goal plunge from the one-yard-line. The offensive line dominated as the game wore on and Dallas opened up a sizeable lead. Murray ripped off three gains of at least 25 yards in the fourth quarter alone, much of which was credited to the offensive line opening gaping holes up the middle. Murray's workload is on a historic clip, but continues to look fresh and all reports are he is in the best shape of his career. Murray has had at least 23 touches in every game this season and is on pace for 459 touches in the regular season alone.

2014 Week 15 vs PHI (31 / 81 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Murray logged 32 more touches this week, but the Eagles defense was up to the challenge from the NFL's leading rusher. Most of Murray's yards came on a handful of carries where Dallas' offensive line dominated at the point of attack. Many times, Murray was stuffed at the line of scrimmage and, if not for his two goal line touchdowns, would have finished with a dreadful stat line. Murray was stopped on a crucial third-and-one carry in the fourth quarter and logged an uncharacteristic holding penalty in pass protection as well. It was revealed after the game Murray sustained a broken hand bone against the Eagles and is having surgery on the injury. It is not yet determined how much time Murray will potentially miss as a result. Joseph Randle has been the more productive runner between the tackles while Lance Dunbar has been the receiving specialist on the rare occasion Murray has been off the field this season.

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Latest News

Cowboys | DeMarco Murray listed as questionable (Fri Dec 19, 03:47 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 19, and is listed as questionable for Week 16.

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Cowboys | DeMarco Murray likely to play (Fri Dec 19, 10:49 AM) - Updating previous reports, Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand) is likely to play in Week 16, according to a source. Murray has a high threshold for pain, and according to the source, the team left the decision up to Murray.

Our View: Murray won't have pass-catching upside and might leave the field for passing downs to avoid pass protection duties, but his broken hand is his off hand and he can still get enough carries against the soft Colts run defense to make this work for folks who play him in their final. He's still a low RB1.
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Cowboys | DeMarco Murray was limited Thursday (Thu Dec 18, 04:40 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand) was listed as a limited participant in practice Thursday, Dec. 18, after not practicing Wednesday, Dec. 17.

Our View: He could certainly this weekend, since his hurt hand is not the one he carries the football with. That said, be aware he has a late game so your choices if he is deactivated are limited. He's an RB1, so he would be very hard to replace for the Cowboys and you. With this injury, it's safe to consider him more of a RB2 with risk of being limited or out.
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Cowboys | DeMarco Murray not at further risk (Thu Dec 18, 02:34 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand), who was expected to take some team snaps in practice Thursday, Dec. 18, is in no more risk if he plays in Week 16 against the Indianapolis Colts than if he sits out this week, according to head coach Jason Garrett. Murray had a plate and screws put into his broken left hand to stabilize the fourth metacarpal. He's been wearing a hard plastic shell on top of his glove for more protection.

Our View: If he plays, we expect him to put up RB1 numbers - keep in mind his hurt hand is not the hand he carries the ball with. But it's an afternoon game, so you might have to make some hard decisions earlier than you'd like. Have other options, but there are only nine other teams to pull from if he's a late scratch.
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Cowboys | DeMarco Murray practicing (Thu Dec 18, 02:06 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand) is participating in practice Thursday, Dec. 18, and did receive some snaps in team drills.

Our View: Murray might be a game time decision, but it's an afternoon game so your options could be limited. If he plays, we expect him to put up RB1 numbers - keep in mind his hurt hand is not the hand he carries the ball with.
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