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ESPN's Ed Werder reports expectations are DeMarco Murray (hand, questionable) will play Week 16 against the Colts.

This report jibes with the general feeling around Cowboys' camp this week. Murray is fully expected to be active and start against the Colts, though he may lose some pass-game work to Lance Dunbar. Murray is a must start if active, but with RT Doug Free (ankle, doubtful) and RG Zack Martin (ankle, questionable) likely out, he may find less running room than usual against Indianapolis.
Dec 20 - 12:41 PM

Cowboys RT Doug Free (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Week 16.

Free has not practiced all week and is unlikely to play. Jeremy Parnell will make another start at right tackle.
Dec 20 - 12:19 PM

Cowboys RG Zack Martin (ankle, questionable) was able to do some on-field rehab on Friday and believes he will be able to play Week 16 against the Colts.

Martin injured his ankle last week against the Eagles. Martin was able to finish the game, but he was limping badly in the locker room and has not practiced this week. Mackenzy Bernadeau would likely earn the start if Martin is unable to go. With RT Doug Free (ankle) unlikely to play, the Cowboys' running game could be less effective than normal against the Colts.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Dec 20 - 12:17 PM

DeMarco Murray (hand) is listed as questionable for Week 16 after getting in a third straight limited practice on Friday.

This was expected. It's also expected that Murray will be active and start Sunday's game versus the Colts. Fantasy owners should continue to monitor the situation and have Murray handcuffed with Joseph Randle, but it would be a major surprise if DeMarco weren't out there with the ones for Sunday's game.
Dec 19 - 2:41 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Cowboys have left the decision to play Week 16 against the Colts up to DeMarco Murray (hand), "in which case he will definitely opt to play."

Murray's going to give it a go Sunday. He has an outside shot at netting 2,000 rushing yards -- he currently sits at 1,687 -- and is said to have a high pain tolerance. Murray's broken bone is in his left (non-dominant) hand. If he suits up, owners have to play him. Murray is having an historic season and has a plus Week 16 matchup against a leaky Colts run defense. We can't expect Murray to carry it 30 times, but 20-plus touches is doable.
Dec 19 - 10:56 AM

DeMarco Murray (hand) practiced for the second-consecutive day on Thursday, getting in a limited session.

Murray was officially listed as "DNP" on Wednesday even though he was observed by the assembled media as practicing. Either way, Murray continues to get reps, and has even been catching passes with his left hand wrapped up. It sure seems like the Cowboys expect him to suit up against the Colts, though it's possible he'll officially be a game-time decision. Murray comes with much more risk than usual for the fantasy finals, but owners in season-long leagues have to play him if he's active. Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar will form a committee if Murray can't go. More of a pass catcher than Randle, Dunbar's role figures to be bigger than usual even if Murray plays.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Dec 18 - 3:40 PM

RB Joseph Randle handled the first-team reps during the team portion of Wednesday's practice.

DeMarco Murray (hand) participated in individual drills and even caught some passes two days after surgery, putting him on track to play against the Colts. But if he can't, Randle would handle the majority of base back duties, including goal-line work. That's key as eight of DeMarco's 11 touchdowns this season have come from three yards out or closer. Randle is the preferred handcuff while we await more news on Murray.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Dec 18 - 8:49 AM

DeMarco Murray (hand) participated in Wednesday's practice.

Murray had his left (non-dominant) hand wrapped after breaking it last Sunday, but went through all of the individual drills and caught some passes out of the backfield. We believe Murray is going to try to play Week 16 against the Colts with the Cowboys having a chance at home-field advantage for the playoffs.
Dec 17 - 12:30 PM

Jerry Jones said DeMarco Murray (hand) will likely be a game-time decision for Sunday's home matchup against the Colts.

The reports out of Valley Ranch Tuesday morning have been rosy, with both Bryan Broaddus of the team's official site and ESPN's Ed Werder reporting optimism. Murray underwent surgery on his left (non-dominant) hand Monday night and can't do any more damage by playing through it. This is also a borderline must-win game for the Cowboys' playoff hopes. We should have a good idea on Murray's status by Friday afternoon, but official word might not come until at 3pm ET Sunday ahead of the 4:25pm ET kick. Joseph Randle is a priority insurance add.
Dec 16 - 12:01 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder confirms the Cowboys "believe" DeMarco Murray (hand) can play in Sunday's game against the Colts.

This jibes with a Tuesday morning tweet from DallasCowboys.com's Bryan Broaddus, who said the "early thinking" is Murray will suit up as a full-go -- not insurance. Werder adds that Murray's injury is "easily tolerated" and although the fracture in his left (non-dominant hand) won't heal fully for six weeks, there's no additional risk in playing. Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar should still be scooped off the waiver wire just in case.
Dec 16 - 9:26 AM

According to DallasCowboys.com's Bryan Broaddus, the "early thinking" is DeMarco Murray (hand) will play in Week 16 against the Colts.

A former longtime Cowboys and NFL scout, Broaddus is as plugged-in as anyone covering the team. Cowboys VP Stephen Jones stated on Sirius XM Radio Monday that Murray faced an "uphill battle" to face Indianapolis, but that may have been gamesmanship ahead of arguably the biggest game of Week 16. It's worth noting that Murray's band surgery on his hand was performed on his left hand. Murray primarily carries the ball with his right hand. The injury could affect him in pass protection and as a receiver, but Murray should be all systems go as a ball carrier against the Colts.
Dec 16 - 7:45 AM

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones conceded on Sirius XM Radio Monday that it will be an "uphill battle" for DeMarco Murray to play Sunday versus Indianapolis.

We've seen more upbeat reporters on Murray's chances of playing elsewhere on the internet, but indications coming directly from the team are less optimistic. Jones expressed confidence Murray would play in Week 17 against the Redskins. But it sounds like Joseph Randle is the favorite to start this week against the Colts. Indy has one of the league's leakiest run defenses, and the Cowboys would be facing them at home in a potential shootout. Randle would become a plug-and-play RB2 in fantasy championship week.
Dec 15 - 5:19 PM

Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' website expects Joseph Randle to be Dallas' starting running back if DeMarco Murray (hand) misses time.

Murray is currently having surgery to repair a broken band on his left hand. His status for Week 16 is uncertain. Randle would handle early-down work with Lance Dunbar in the change-of-pace and satellite role. If Murray can't play Sunday versus the Colts, Randle would be a quality RB2 fantasy start.
Dec 15 - 3:49 PM

DeMarco Murray is undergoing Monday surgery to repair a broken band in his left hand, but has yet to be ruled out for Week 16.

Murray is specifically dealing with a broken fourth metacarpal. The injury is to his non-ball carrying hand. Per reporter Todd Archer, Emmitt Smith suffered a similar injury in his playing days, and missed only one game. It's clearly not a long-term concern, but the Cowboys will be in a world of trouble if they lose to the Colts on Sunday. For now, owners should consider Murray truly day to day. If Murray can't go, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar will form a committee in his absence, with Randle likely handling early downs and Dunbar getting passing work. Even if Murray suits up for Week 16, it's possible he'll be limited. Brittle through the first three years of his NFL career, Murray's first injury of 2014 couldn't be worse timed, though the Cowboys have been tempting fate with his massive workloads.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Dec 15 - 2:38 PM

Terrance Williams had two catches for 19 yards in Week 15 against the Eagles.

Williams was a non-factor after not being targeted last week. He managed to draw a 40-yard pass interference in the third quarter, but continued to be outplayed by Cole Beasley, who finished with four catches for 42 yards. Williams is safe to drop in re-draft leagues.
Dec 15 - 1:21 AM


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