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DeMarco Murray | Running Back

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/12/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 217
College: Oklahoma
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The Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota believes Joseph Randle will be the Cowboys' starting running back in 2015.
The obvious implication is Machota believes free agent DeMarco Murray will not be back. Owner Jerry Jones said it would be a "challenge" to re-sign both Murray and Dez Bryant, and given the choice Dallas will almost certainly pick Bryant. An aging running back with a long list of injuries, Murray should be after as much guaranteed money as possible this offseason. Jan 17 - 10:12 AM

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Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones acknowledged it would be a "challenge" to re-sign both DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant for 2015.

Since Bryant is widely expected to remain in Dallas either via the franchise tag or a long-term deal, that makes Murray the odd man out. Murray put the Cowboys on his back in 2014, but has a long injury history, and turns 27 next month. Those are two strikes against a running back, though the situation is obviously different in Murray's case since he just led the league in rushing. Murray will likely reach free agency, but could end up back in Dallas if he doesn't like what he hears on the open market.
Jan 15 - 4:57 PM's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys have had a four-year deal worth "more than" $16 million on the table for impending free agent DeMarco Murray.

As former Rotoworlder Chris Wesseling put it, no wonder Murray hasn't signed. Even in a depressed running back market, that's chump change for a runner who took the league by storm in 2014, putting the Cowboys on his back in the process. At bare minimum, Murray will likely want $16 million guaranteed, not total. Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy and Arian Foster have all broken the $20 million guaranteed threshold in recent seasons, but it's been a fairly-hard ceiling for running backs.
Jan 13 - 7:12 PM

DeMarco Murray rushed 25 times for 123 yards and a touchdown and caught a five-yard pass in the Cowboys' Divisional Round loss to the Packers.

The Packers largely held Murray in check until he lost a crucial third-quarter fumble, knocked loose by OLB Julius Peppers. Murray might have gone to the house if not for Peppers' play. It was Murray's first fumble since Week 8, and Peppers' sixth forced fumble of the season. The Cowboys' offensive line took over late in the third quarter, however, and sprung loose Murray down the sideline for a 26-yard sprint, before he dove in from a yard out on the next play to give Dallas a 21-13 lead. It wouldn't be sufficient as Aaron Rodgers engineered a comeback Packers win. Murray wraps up his historic 436-carry season with a rushing touchdown in seven straight games. Due to the massive workload, Murray will be a very interesting case on the free agent market. He slowed down the stretch and turns 27 in February.
Jan 11 - 4:22 PM

DeMarco Murray says his hand hasn't been an issue since he broke it in Week 15.

Murray has been wearing a padded glove, and will do so for Sunday's Divisional Round game in Green Bay. "It’s been good," Murray said Thursday. "It’s a lot better than any other injury I’ve had. ... I’ve worn the same thing, because it feels comfortable for me. I haven’t changed anything." Murray's claim is mostly supported by his production, though he's averaged a pedestrian 3.8 yards per carry across three games after boasting a 4.8 mark heading into Week 16. He's scored three touchdowns in the process, however, and even caught six passes. Green Bay's run defense allowed 4.3 yards per carry in the regular season, and is not an imposing matchup.
Jan 8 - 6:17 PM

DeMarco Murray rushed 19 times for 75 yards and a touchdown and secured 3-of-4 targets for 22 yards in the Cowboys' Wild Card Round win over the Lions.

The Cowboys' run game was largely stuck in mud in the first half, but Murray found a second-half rhythm and contributed chain-moving gains in the final two frames. His one-yard TD plunge narrowed the deficit to 20-14 in the third quarter. Murray wasn't a game breaker in this one, but kept the sticks moving. He will have a better matchup against the Packers in the Divisional Round.
Jan 4 - 7:56 PM

DeMarco Murray rushed 20 times for 100 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys' Week 17 win over the Redskins, adding three receptions for an additional 21 yards.

Murray finishes 2014 with 1,845 yards rushing, and having surpassed 100 yards on the ground in 12-of-16 contests. His 2,261 yards from scrimmage are 13th most all time, while his raw rushing total is 17th. Murray's 1,845 yards on the ground are a new Cowboys record. Perhaps most impressively, Murray took the rock 392 times, more than all but six players in NFL history. He'll look to carry the Cowboys to their second playoff victory of the Tony Romo era.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 04:42:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Cowboys' starters practiced this week as if they were playing in a "regular role."

Needing basically a miracle to earn a first-round bye, the Cowboys have little reason to play their starters against Washington. That appears to matter little to coach Jason Garrett, who has been consistent the starters will play a normal role Week 17. A full game may be Dallas' intent, but it would not be surprising if Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant are pulled at some point in the game. All three are risky targets in daily formats.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 01:23:00 PM

DeMarco Murray (illness) returned to Cowboys practice Friday and is listed as probable for Week 17.

Murray missed Thursday because he was sick. The Cowboys no longer seem overly concerned with Murray's surgically repaired hand. Murray needs 29 yards Sunday to break Emmitt Smith's single-season franchise record (1,773).
Source: ESPN Dallas
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 01:42:00 PM

DeMarco Murray (hand) is practicing Wednesday.

On paper, the Cowboys can still earn a first-round bye. But they would need both the Seahawks to lose at home to the Rams and the Cardinals to lose at San Francisco. So it's unclear just how motivated they will be at Washington Sunday, which could lead to a limited workload for Murray.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 12:31:00 PM

Following Sunday's win over the Colts, DeMarco Murray admitted his broken hand was "hurting throughout the game."

Murray predictably didn't catch a pass for the first time this season, but gutted out a 22-58-1 line on the ground. He figures to be closer to 100 percent in Week 17 if the Cowboys choose to use him. They've clinched the NFC East already, yet can get a first-round bye if they beat the Redskins and both the Cardinals and Seahawks lose.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 09:39:00 AM

With the Cowboys leading 35-0, DeMarco Murray (hand) is getting the tape cut off his hand and appears to be done for the day.

Murray played 30-of-49 offensive snaps before getting pulled, turning 22 carries into 58 yards and a touchdown. He was not targeted in the passing game. Murray was clearly hampered by the hand injury. He carried the ball almost exclusively in his right hand and seemed wary of using his hands to block in pass protection, instead attempting to essentially tackle the blitzing defender. Murray did not suffer any setbacks, but with the NFC East already locked up, the Cowboys may decide to rest Murray in the season finale against Washington.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 06:43:00 PM

DeMarco Murray (hand) is officially active for Week 16 against the Colts.

As expected Murray will play, but he may be limited by the cast on his left hand. Lance Dunbar should see more work in the passing game while Joseph Randle could siphon off some carries as well. With both RT Doug Free (ankle) inactive and RG Zack Martin (ankle) banged up, Murray could also be hindered by the health of the Cowboys' offensive line. Even with all the concerns, Murray has proven this season is a must-start option. Along with Free, the Cowboys declared DE Kenneth Boatright, DT Josh Brent, DB Jakar Hamilton, T Donald Hawkins, QB Dustin Vaughn and OLB Dekoda Watson inactive for Week 16.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 03:15:00 PM

FOX Sports' Jay Glazer confirms DeMarco Murray (hand) is expected to play Sunday, "though his role will be limited some" in the passing game.

The concerns on Murray primarily involve his pass protection and receiving. It's quite possible he won't have a single reception in Week 16. Look for Patrick Daugherty's final rankings, which will be up on Rotoworld shortly.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 12:06:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports DeMarco Murray is "going to play" Sunday with a wrap on his surgically repaired hand, but the Cowboys are "nervous" about using him in pass protection.

RapSheet writes to not be surprised if Murray and other Cowboys rest next week if Dallas locks up a playoff spot today. On Sunday, we expect to see Lance Dunbar handle a few more snaps than usual in pass-pro situations. The Cowboys may also give Joseph Randle a heavier dose of change-up work. Murray is still a top-ten RB1 play against the Colts' leaky defense.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 09:31:00 AM