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| 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.
| 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.