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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

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.
Dec 21 - 3:15 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.
Dec 21 - 12:06 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.
Dec 21 - 9:31 AM

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

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