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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

Jason Witten caught seven passes for 69 yards in Sunday night's Week 15 win over the Eagles.

He was targeted a team-high nine times, with five of his catches going for first downs. Witten's seven receptions were the most he's had this season. He continues to see a bigger role in the offense in favor of Terrance Williams. Witten will be a mid-range TE1 in Week 16 against a Colts defense that struggles to cover tight ends.
Dec 15 - 1:02 AM

Dez Bryant had six catches for 114 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday night's Week 15 win over the Eagles.

Bryant scored all three of his touchdowns against Eagles CB Bradley Fletcher. The Cowboys were able to get him more involved after he was held out of the end-zone the last two weeks. He's now up to 79 catches, 1,148 yards and 13 touchdowns. Bryant will remain a high-end WR1 for next week's matchup with the Colts.
Dec 15 - 12:41 AM

DeMarco Murray had 31 carries for 81 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday night's Week 15 win over the Eagles.

Both of Murray's touchdowns came at the goal-line, but he was otherwise held in check. Murray wasn't involved in the pass game this week, adding just one catch for three yards. He now needs to average 157 rushing yards over the Cowboys' final two games to reach 2,000 for the season. Murray will be a top-three running back play against the Colts in Week 16.
Dec 15 - 12:16 AM

Tony Romo completed 22-of-31 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns in Dallas' Week 15 win over the Eagles.

All three of his touchdowns went to Dez Bryant. Romo took advantage of Bryant being matched up with Eagles CB Bradley Fletcher, targeting him seven times. He now has a 6:0 TD/INT ratio in two December starts and will remain a QB1 in Week 16. The win puts the Cowboys in the driver seat for the NFC East.
Dec 14 - 11:59 PM

The Cowboys declared DT Josh Brent, QB Dustin Vaughan, S Jakar Hamilton, OT Donald Hawkins, LB Dekota Watson, OT Tony Hills, and DE Ken Boatright inactive for Sunday night against the Eagles.

There are no surprises among the Cowboys' inactives.
Dec 14 - 7:26 PM


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