| Running Back, Dallas Cowboys
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|Draft: 2011 Round 3 (7)
DOB: 1988-02-12 Age: 26
|When Felix Jones went down with an ankle injury in Week 6, Murray took over the starting role and proved the Cowboys made the correct decision by drafting him in the 3rd round of the 2011 draft. Murray ran wild over the St. Louis Rams in Week 7 with 25 rushes for 253 yards and a score. He put together a string of solid performances until suffering a broken ankle in Week 14 that ended his season. Murray possesses outstanding speed, enough agility to make tacklers miss on the second level and enough strength to run over defenders when he has a head of steam. Unfortunately, he also can’t stay healthy making him a risky proposition as a RB1 in 2012. One thing is for certain, head coach Jason Garrett will give him the ball enough to establish himself as an upper tier running back. In the seven games that he was the Cowboys primary back, Murray accumulated 155 touches. His talent and productivity when he played last season coupled with the Cowboys strong offense basically ensure that some owner in your league will draft him as their RB1 and take on that risk. You need to decide if that owner is going to be you.
|Cowboys plan to play starters in Week 17 -- Mon Dec 22 4:30 pm --|
Per HC Jason Garrett
|Cowboys HC Jason Garrett says starters will play vs. Washington on Sunday. (Jon Machota on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: As is normal protocol for a team that cannot do much to improve its playoff seeding, Garrett's assertion doesn't mean his starters will play the entire game. Daily leaguers or owners playing in Week 17 championships shouldn't expect Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant or Jason Witten to play more than a half.
| DeMarco Murray (hand) still not ruled out -- Thu Dec 18 3:35 pm --|
'Boys need to see carry the ball under duress before Sunday
|Less than 48 hours after undergoing surgery to repair a broken left hand, Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray was on the practice field Wednesday, taking part in individual drills. Coach Jason Garrett said before the session that he did not expect Murray to do a lot during practice. During on-air team drills, Joseph Randle took the first-team snaps at running back.
The Cowboys have not ruled Murray out for Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts, but Garrett said they would have to see him work in practice to make sure he can carry the ball under duress. (ESPN Dallas)|
FF Today's Take: Murray was fitted with a hard plastic shell sewn into the top of the glove on his left hand and was wearing it during the portion of practice that was open to the media. Despite the cautious optimism, Murray is probably on the wrong side of questionable for this week and will likely lose more snaps than usual if he does suit up. If he does play, he's almost certain to lose some third-down snaps to Lance Dunbar. If he doesn't, Randle should get the most work and would probably be the slightly better fantasy option.
| DeMarco Murray practices Wednesday -- Wed Dec 17 1:05 pm --|
Considered day to day
|DeMarco Murray will be considered day to day after undergoing hand surgery on Monday. But on Wednesday, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett outlined some of the benchmarks they hope to see their star running back hit before determining his status for Sunday. "I think we need to see something," Garrett told reporters Wednesday. "There's a comfort level that we all have and certainly a comfort level that he has. Carrying the football is an important responsibility, so you have to be able to do it. I think we all want to see it and I know he wants to see it. So we'll take it day by day and see how he progresses." (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: It sounds like Murray is on track to play this week but we won't know for sure until Sunday. If Murray should happen to sit, the Cowboys are likely to go with a committee approach using Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar. Randle would be a candidate for early-down work.
| Cowboys: DeMarco Murray can play with hand injury -- Tue Dec 16 10:15 am --|
Surgery deemed a success and injury "easily tolerated"
|Werder tweeted the following on Tuesday morning about DeMarco Murray:
#Cowboys believe @DeMarcoMurray can play Sunday. Injury easily tolerated. Surgery successful, full healing in 6 weeks but no additional risk. (Ed Werder on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: This confirms fellow Cowboys beat writer Brian Broaddus' comments earlier today that Murray should be able to give it a go against the Colts. While there's some concern about his ability to handle pass blocking duties and catch passes, Murray's legs still look fresh and he's been a huge reason the Cowboys are 10-4 and atop the NFC East. Still -- Joseph Randle will likely see increased touches and makes for a smart waiver wire pickup.
| DeMarco Murray to have surgery on broken hand -- Mon Dec 15 1:25 pm --|
Hasn't been ruled out for Week 16 yet
|Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray broke a bone in his hand and will have surgery on Monday, according to COO Stephen Jones.
He has not been ruled out for Sunday’s game against Indianapolis. “Obviously, DeMarco Murray has a broken bone in his hand. At the same time, he hasn’t been ruled out,” said Jones with the G-Bag Nation on 105.3 The Fan. “It’s not something that if it responds well after surgery today, that he can’t come back and play this weekend. It’s probably a tough expectation to think that he can, but we’ll see.”
FF Today's Take: Bad news obviously for Murray owners as the Dallas RB is having a career year and a cornerstone for teams still in the playoffs. His availability for Week 16 will be determined later this week. Joseph Randle would likely be the starter if Murray sits with Lance Dunbar being used on passing downs.
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