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Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain (illness) has been ruled out for Week 17 against the Redskins after not traveling with the team.

McClain got in full practices on Thursday and Friday, so he likely came down with the illness Friday night. With the three seed locked up and a first-round bye a pipe dream, Dallas has no reason to push their starting MLB.
Dec 27 - 2:01 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.
Dec 27 - 1:23 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
Dec 26 - 1:42 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.
Dec 24 - 12:31 PM

Jerry Jones reiterated that impending free agent Dez Bryant won't be leaving Dallas.

The Cowboys are working on a long-term, break the bank kind of deal for Bryant. Jones has the leverage though, as he can apply the franchise tag and retain Dez on a one-year deal. The 26-year-old Bryant has put together an All-Pro kind of contract-season campaign, posting 84-1,221-14 while playing in all 15 games so far.
Dec 23 - 10:51 AM

The Cowboys plan to play their starters in Sunday's game against the Redskins.

In theory, the Cowboys are still in the mix for a first-round bye, but they would need a series of inexplicable events to unfold. That means that, for all intents and purposes, they're locked into the No. 3 seed and don't have a ton to play for against Washington. We wouldn't be surprised if Tony Romo played only 2-3 quarters, and if DeMarco Murray (hand) was limited even further.
Dec 22 - 3:19 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
Dec 22 - 9:39 AM

Cole Beasley caught 2-of-3 targets for 29 yards and a score Week 16 against the Colts.

Beasley slipped a disinterested tackle after a short catch early in the second quarter and waltz 24-yards into the end zone. Beasley will close out the regular season Week 17 against Washington.
Dec 21 - 7:39 PM

Terrance Williams caught both of his targets for 52 yards and two scores Week 16 against the Colts.

Williams was back to his early season ways in this one. He did not see many looks, but he turned every catch into a touchdown. The first was a nine-yard slant to finish off the Cowboys' impressive opening drive, and the second was a 43-yard bomb from Brandon Weeden in the fourth quarter. Williams could see an expanded role next week against Washington if the Cowboys decide to rest their offensive stars.
Dec 21 - 7:37 PM

Dez Bryant caught all five of his targets for 73 yards and a touchdown Week 16 against the Colts.

Bryant skied over Greg Toler for a 19-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter and generally dominated the Colts defensive backs anytime the ball went his way. Unfortunately for Bryant's fantasy owners, the Colts put up almost zero resistance, and Tony Romo only had to throw the ball 20 times in the game. Bryant leads the league with 14 touchdown receptions this season.
Dec 21 - 7:34 PM

Jason Witten caught all seven of his targets for 90 yards and a score Week 16 against the Colts.

The Colts had no answer for the Cowboys passing game in this one, and Witten as able to basically whatever he wanted all game. His touchdown catch was a beautifully thrown pass up the seam in the third quarter. Witten now has 16 targets over the last two games.
Dec 21 - 7:29 PM

Lance Dunbar rushed twice for four yards and caught two passes for 10 yards Week 16 against the Colts.

Dunbar saw more snaps with DeMarco Murray (hand) limited, but Joseph Randle was Murray's clear handcuff. Dunbar will finish up the regular season against Washington next week.
Dec 21 - 7:23 PM

Joseph Randle rushed 12 times for 37 yards Week 16 against the Colts.

With DeMarco Murray limited by a hand injury, Randle saw double-digit carries for the first time this season. Dallas clinched the NFC East with the win over Indianapolis and only has an outside shot at a first-round bye, meaning Randle could see a lot of run Week 17 against Washington.
Dec 21 - 7:16 PM

Tony Romo completed 18-of-20 passes for 218 yards and four touchdowns in the Cowboys' NFC East clinching win Week 16 against the Colts

The Colts could do nothing to stop Romo, who at one point completed 16 straight passes. Indianapolis was able to hit Romo once all game, and with basically unlimited time Romo was able to pick apart their secondary, setting a club record with a 90 percent completion percentage. Romo now has 10 touchdown passes and zero interceptions in December. The Cowboys still have an outside shot at a first-round bye, but they could choose to limit Romo in the regular season finale against Washington.
Dec 21 - 7:06 PM

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.
Dec 21 - 6:43 PM


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