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RB DeMarco Murray - Dallas Cowboys

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

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News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Oct 20): Murray tweaked an ankle during the game on Sunday and was briefly sidelined. Trainers re-taped his ankle and Murray returned to action shortly thereafter.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): If you have Murray, you're loving the ride and don't want it to slow down, but he did hit the first bump in the road with an awkward plant that left him not quite the same back for the rest of the win over the Giants.

General News (Tue Oct 21): is the first played in NFL history with over 100 rushing yards in each of his first seven games to begin a season, surpassing Hall of Fame RB Jim Brown.

Week 8: vs Washington Redskins

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

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4 vs NO 24 149 2 1 1 6 0 0
5 vs HOU 31 136 0 8 6 56 0 1
6 at SEA 29 115 1 6 6 31 0 0
7 vs NYG 28 128 1 1 1 4 0 0
8 vs WAS PROJ-Dodds 26 * * 3 * * *
8 vs WAS PROJ-Tremblay 26 * * 3 * * *
8 vs WAS PROJ-Bloom 23 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs HOU (31 / 136 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 56 / 0 rec)

It was tough-sledding for Murray against Houston in the early possessions of the game. As the game progressed, Murray found more running lanes and the 3-to-5-yard runs turned into 6-to-15 yards at a time. Murray converted all three of his third-and-short opportunities this week, but fumbled in the red zone on one of them killing a scoring drive. Murray's patience picking a hole and finding cutback lanes has been an underrated element of his game this season. Late in the game, Murray's receiving prowess fueled Dallas' final drive of regulation (ultimately a missed field goal attempt) as he shed tackles to get out of bounds and found open running lanes in the middle of the field. This was another high-volume, productive day for Murray in what has been the strongest five-game stretch of his career to-date. Murray has 25 or more touches and at least 100 rushing yards in all five games this season.

2014 Week 6 vs SEA (29 / 115 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 31 / 0 rec)

Murray logged another 35 touches this week as the centerpiece of the Dallas offense. Seattle's defense held Murray in check between the tackles and in one-on-one situations in space for the first 55 minutes of the game. Murray gained minimal yardage after the point of contact over that span. In the closing minutes, however, Murray ripped off his two best runs of the game as Dallas took the lead for good. Murray broke multiple arm tackles on his way to a 25+ yard gain into field goal range. He then followed it up with two cutbacks against the grain inside for the game-winning touchdown with three minutes remaining. Dallas kept feeding Murray and like the great running backs, he eventually broke an impactful play to change the game. Murray is on a historic workload pace through six games (453 touches), but has been a huge part of Dallas' 5-1 record.

2014 Week 7 vs NYG (28 / 128 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Through a mid-game ankle tweak and taping, Murray managed to set an NFL record with his seventh straight game of at least 100 yards rushing to start the season. Outside of a vintage Murray run early in the game - getting up to speed, shaking a linebacker, then running over a safety for 17 yards - the Giants held him in check. Well into the second quarter, Murray found room to operate, showing off a stiff arm to the edge before his biggest play of the first half. With a help of a gashing hole by the offensive line, Murray got to the edge prior to going down on his own with an ankle injury. Back on the field in the mid-third quarter, it was apparent that Murray's movement was limited. The explosion, cutting ability, and power that fueled Murray hot start to the season was lacking now. Dallas continued to feed him with carries. Outside of huge holes, Murray gained what was blocked. Until the fourth quarter, Murray was without a reception and in danger of his first game without passing game work since 2011. In addition to his only reception of the game, Murray made his biggest impact in the final minutes. He converted a goal line carry, stretching the ball over the goal line through a muddled pile of linemen to put Dallas up 28-14 prior to converting a third-and-short situation with four minutes left. A final chuck gain with a huge hold and cutback angle sealed the victory for Dallas.

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Latest News

Cowboys | DeMarco Murray makes NFL history (Sun Oct 19, 09:26 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray is the first played in NFL history with over 100 rushing yards in each of his first seven games to begin a season, surpassing Hall of Fame RB Jim Brown.

Our View: Murray has certainly led most everyone who drafted him to very hot starts in their fantasy leagues. He should benefit from the extra day of rest before Monday night's game against Washington. Murray had to have his ankle re-taped after planting his toe awkwardly and didn't seem as sharp at the end of the game as he was in Week 6.
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Cowboys | DeMarco Murray leaves briefly (Sun Oct 19, 06:05 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (ankle) left the Week 7 game against the New York Giants briefly due to an ankle ailment. He had his right ankle re-taped, and he was able to return.

Our View: Murray's toe planted awkwardly and he stumbled to the ground on what could have been a much longer run. He is back in the game and his owners can breathe again.
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Cowboys | DeMarco Murray expected to play (Fri Oct 17, 03:23 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (illness) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and is listed as probable for Week 7.

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Cowboys | DeMarco Murray practices in full (Thu Oct 16, 04:09 PM) - Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (illness) returned to a full practice Thursday, Oct. 16.

Our View: Murray is our top fantasy running back this week and should do well against a Giants run defense which was lit up by LeSean McCoy last weekend. Prior to that game, McCoy had not run for 100 yards all season. So yes, Murray is a great start as an RB1.
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Cowboys | DeMarco Murray returns (Thu Oct 16, 12:19 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (illness) is participating in practice Thursday, Oct. 16.

Our View: Murray should lay off that Texas BBQ and try to avoid upset stomachs. Maybe less cheese fries as well? Whatever the cause of his illness, he's better now and remains our top fantasy Rb option for Week 7.
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Schedule

8vs Washington Redskins
9vs Arizona Cardinals
10@ Jacksonville Jaguars
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ New York Giants
13vs Philadelphia Eagles
14@ Chicago Bears
15@ Philadelphia Eagles
16vs Indianapolis Colts
17@ Washington Redskins