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29 DeMarco Murray RB
Height/Weight: 6-0/217 | Birthdate: 2/12/1988 | Birthplace: Las Vegas, NV, USA | Team: Dallas | College: Oklahoma | NFL Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 100/75 | Average Draft Position: 14.40
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Reports: Cowboys more optimistic about DeMarco Murray playing


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:58 am ET) Early reports out of Dallas indicate that the Cowboys remain more optimistic about running back DeMarco Murray playing Sunday against Indianapolis, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Murray underwent surgery to repair a broken bone in his left hand on Monday and was able to practice two days after the procedure.

"He's tough, he has a high pain threshold and he feels good. I wouldn't be surprised if he plays," a source told Rapoport.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Cowboys are expected to leave it up to Murray, in which case he is expected to opt to play on Sunday.


DeMarco Murray increases workload in Thursday's practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was listed as limited in Thursday's practice, but he said he did a lot more than he was able to do Wednesday, reports the Dallas Morning News. Wearing a special glove with padding to protect his surgically-repaired left hand, Murray participated in some team drills.

"It’s good," Murray told the paper. "I feel good."

Murray was asked if he'll play Sunday against the Colts, if the decision is left up to him. "I’m a very competitive person and I want to help this team out as much as I can," he told the paper. "I’ve had two good days and we’ll see how it goes."

Owner Jerry Jones said he was encouraged that Murray, the NFL's leading rusher, is "so aggressive in his thinking about playing."

Murray underwent surgery Monday to fix a broken bone in his hand. If he sits out, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar would rotate at tailback. Dallas is favored by 3 over the Colts at nearly every sportsbook.


Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray practices, but how much?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray participated in the early part of practice for the second straight day Thursday, but it wasn't yet clear if he joined team drills after watching those Wednesday, reports the Dallas Morning News. Murray's left hand was wrapped.

He had surgery Monday to fix a broken bone in his hand. If Murray can't play Sunday against the Colts, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar would share backfield duties.

The Cowboys are 3-point favorites over the AFC South champs.


DeMarco Murray to wear protective padding, not cast, if he plays


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) If Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray plays less than a week after undergoing surgery, it will be with protective padding on his left hand, not a cast, reports the Dallas Morning News. Murray went through individual drills Wednesday wearing a glove enforced with a hard plastic shell.

"I think we need to see something where there’s a comfort level we all have and certainly a comfort level that he has," coach Jason Garrett told the paper. "Carrying the football is an important responsibility. You have to be able to do it."

Dallas is a 3-point home favorite over the Colts on Sunday. If Murray can't play, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar will share backfield duties.

Randle is averaging 7.0 yards per carry and would be the favorite to start, but he hasn't gotten more than two carries in a game since Week 10. Dunbar is a better receiver than Randle and would handle most of the passing downs.

Murray underwent surgery Monday, one day after breaking a bone in his left hand. He leads the NFL with 351 carries for 1,687 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.


Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray practicing two days after surgery


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was "going through drills and catching passes" at Wednesday's practice, reports NFL.com. ESPN.com reports Murray participated in all individual drills despite having his left hand wrapped.

"I think we need to see something," coach Jason Garrett told reporters. "So we'll take it day by day and see how he progresses."

Murray underwent surgery Monday to fix a broken bone in his left hand. He leads the NFL with 351 carries for 1,687 yards and 11 touchdowns. He wasn't expected to participate in team drills as the team eases him back.

If the Cowboys hold out Murray on Sunday against the Colts, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar would carry the load. Randle is averaging 7.0 yards on his 34 carries and would handle most of the early-down work. Dunbar is an excellent receiver (16 catches, 207 yards) who would play mainly on third downs and in hurry-up situations.

Owner Jerry Jones said Murray likely will be a gametime decision. The Cowboys are 3-point favorites over Indy at most Las Vegas sportsbooks.


What to do in DeMarco Murray's absence?


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) With DeMarco Murray's (hand) availability very much in doubt, plenty of Fantasy owners are going to be scrambling for the waiver wires ahead of Week 16. At the Fantasy Football Today blog, I took a look at Murray's backups, Joseph Randle and  Lance Dunbar, to see how they might be used in Murray's absence:

"Dunbar saw more work than Randle in Week 15 as well, playing 14 snaps to Randle's three. However, the team has been more likely to give Randle the ball when he's been on the field, as he has touched the ball on 58.1 percent of his offensive snaps. That number is closer to Murray's mark of 56.9 than Dunbar's 38.9 percent mark."

Randle is averaging a robust 7.0 yards per carry on the season, twice what Dunbar has managed. However, Dunbar has much more experience as a pass-catching option out of the backfield, so we could see a true split if Murray sits, with Randle handling the early downs and Dunbar getting work when the team needs to pass. 

If you can only pick up one player, Randle looks like the guy to own. Both Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard have him among their top-16 running backs for the week, while Dunbar manages to just barely sneak into Dave's top-30, and doesn't come anywhere close for Jamey. He may have more value in a PPR format, but Randle has been so effective running the ball, he probably fits what the Cowboys want to do more. 


Jones: Cowboys in 'wait-and-see' mode about Murray's status


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he is unsure of running back DeMarco Murray's status for Sunday and expects him to be a game-time decision, Jones told 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.

"We don't know. I'm not so sure how much can heal between now and Sunday," Jones said. 

Jones also said it's not unreasonable to think Murray could be ready for Sunday, but Dallas is still playing wait-and-see with his hand. 

Murray, who leads the league in rushing with 1,687 yards and 11 touchdowns, suffered a broken bone in his hand Sunday against the Eagles which required surgery. If Murray was to miss any time, running backs Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar would see more touches for Dallas. 

The Cowboys will face the Colts in Week 16. 


DeMarco Murray has surgery, Cowboys address playing status


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) NFL leading rusher DeMarco Murray had surgery Monday to fix a broken bone in his left hand, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett reiterated that Murray has not been ruled out for Week 16 against the Colts.

"The biggest question we have to ask ourselves is, Is he functional to do his job?" Garrett said. "Can he hold the football? Can he carry it under duress? Can he block? Can he do the things necessary to play the position?

"He’s as strong-willed and determined an individual as I’ve ever been around. If anybody has a chance to come back, he does. Let’s take first things first and see how the surgery goes, and we’ll make our best decisions from there."


Stephen Jones: DeMarco Murray will have surgery on broken hand


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) Cowboys chief operating officer Stephen Jones told 105.3 The Fan in Dallas that running back DeMarco Murray will have surgery to repair a broken bone in his left hand on Monday, per CBSDFW.com.

Murray suffered the injury Sunday night against Philadelphia. He rushed for 81 yards on 31 carries despite the injury. Jones told the radio station that Murray has not yet been ruled out for Week 16 against Indianapolis.

"Obviously. DeMarco Murray has a broken bone in his hand," Jones said. "At the same time, he hasn't been ruled out. 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."

Albert Breer of the NFL Network was told by a source that Murray has a "good chance" to play on Sunday.

The Cowboys have been questioned all season long for Murray's workload, considering his contract expires at the end of the season. He is averaging 27 touches per game and had 30-plus touches in back-to-back games. When asked about Murray's workload after Week 14 against Chicago, owner Jerry Jones said the Cowboys would "not save him anything for anything."

Murray leads the league with 1,687 yards on 351 carries through 14 games, which is the most in franchise history. If he can't play on Sunday, the Cowboys will likely turn to Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar to shoulder the load in the running.


Report: Cownboys' DeMarco Murray feels good after hand injury


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) After suffering a hand injury which required an X-ray, Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray told reporters his hand felt fine after Sunday’s victory over the Eagles, reports the Star-Telegram.

“I’ll be all right,” Murray said after the game.

Sunday’s game was only the third time Murray failed to reach 100 yards rushing in a game this season.


Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray scores twice vs. Eagles Week 15


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray managed just 81 rushing yards on 31 carries but also scored two rushing touchdowns while adding three more yards on one reception in his team's 38-27 win over the Eagles in Week 15.

Murray has found it difficult to find running room in his two games against the Eagles, as those two games are his only two performances with less than four yards per carry this season. However, he still has no trouble punching the ball across the goal line when the offense gets close. Murray is up to 1,687 rushing yards on 351 carries to go with 11 touchdowns. He'll square off with the Colts Sunday.


Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray: I'm not worried about NFL future


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray told the Dallas Morning News on Friday that he's not worried about his playing future despite being on pace for a career high workload this season. 

"You've got to live in the moment. Can't worry about something u have no control over," Murray said.

Murray carried a career-high 32 times and caught nine passes, totaling 228 yards from scrimmage in Week 14 against Chicago. Through 13 games, he leads the league in carries (320), rushing yards (1,606) and rushing touchdowns (nine). Barring any late-season injuries, he's nearly on pace for 400 carries and 2,000 yards on the ground this season.

"Injuries are part of the game. I wouldn't say it's been good for me, but it's something that I have no control over," Murray said.

Murray will earn $1.406 million in 2014 before becoming a free agent at the end of the season.


DeMarco Murray 'feels great' after career-high workload


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray said his body "feels great" five days after he received 41 touches in the win at Chicago. He carried a career-high 32 times and caught nine passes, totaling 228 yards from scrimmage.

"It’s the best I’ve felt after a game all year," Murray told the Dallas Morning News.

Coach Jason Garrett said he has no plans to scale back Murray's workload. "He wants more. He never wants to come out of the game," Garrett said.

"He’s a bell-cow player and it doesn’t look like he’s slowing down at all to me. He feels great, he says he feels great and really looks like he’s playing at a very high level."

The Cowboys visit the Eagles on Sunday night.


Cowboys' DeMarco Murray piles up 228 yards vs. Bears


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2014) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray racked up 228 yards on a career-high 41 touches while scoring one touchdown in his team's 41-28 win over the Bears in Week 14.

Murray's 41 touches were just one shy of the franchise record. His nine receptions (on 10 targets) represented a career high and came with 49 receiving yards, while his 179 rushing yards were his second-best career mark and came on a career-high 32 rushing attempts. The Bears had little success stopping the running back at any point, and the Cowboys made Murray the focal point of the offense as a result.

Murray is up to 1,606 rushing yards on 320 carries and 392 receiving yards on 53 receptions to go with his nine touchdowns. His lowest rushing yardage total of the season came in Week 13 against the Eagles, and he'll look for redemption when the Cowboys head to Philadelphia in Week 15.


RB DeMarco Murray held to season-low 73 rushing yards


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/27/2014) NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray averaged under 4.0 yards per carry for the first time this season in the Cowboys' Thanksgiving loss to the Eagles. Murray carried 20 times for a season-low 73 yards (3.7 ypc) but did punch in a 1-yard touchdown, his first score since Week 7.

Murray tied his season high with six catches for 40 yards. It was the fourth time this year he's hauled in six passes.

Murray, who's been held under 100 yards rushing only twice, visits the Bears next Thursday.


DeMarco Murray says he's getting stronger as season progresses


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray told the Dallas Morning News he's excited about playing on a short week. The Cowboys won Sunday night at the Giants and host the Eagles on Thursday.

"As the year goes on, you feel better," he said. "I feel like I've gotten stronger throughout the year, so I have to continue to work hard during the week and it'll show up on Sundays."

Murray has run for 1,354 yards and seven touchdowns while averaging 5.1 yards per carry. His 268 carries are by far the most in the league. Philly's LeSean McCoy is next with 217 carries.


Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray tallies 121 rushing yards vs. Giants


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray rushed for 121 yards on 24 carries and added another 22 yards on two receptions in his team's 31-28 win over the Giants in Week 12.

Murray delivered his 10th 100-yard performance in 11 games Sunday, and he's now up to 1,354 rushing yards, 303 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on the year. However, he hasn't reached the end zone in any of his last four games. Murray has a big showdown against the 8-3 Eagles set for Thursday.


Cowboys won't limit RB DeMarco Murray's carries


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) Although Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray leads the NFL with 244 carries, the team has no plans to scale back his workload, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

"I have seen no signs of overuse," coach Jason Garrett told the paper. "I don't think we want to limit his carries. He's certainly the bell-cow runner for us and we want to get him the ball as a runner and as a receiver as much as we can."

Dallas visits the Giants on Sunday night.


Cowboys' DeMarco Murray says he's 'ready' for the stretch run


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is not expecting to suffer a drop-off in production down the stretch. He has already achieved career highs in rushing yards (1,233) and rushing attempts (244).

"I’m ready," Murray said, per ESPN. "Like I’ve said before, whatever they ask me to do I’m going to do it times 10. It’s going to be an exciting next couple of weeks for us."

Murray never had more than 217 carries or 1,121 rushing yards prior to 2014. In fact, he's never played in 16 games during the regular season.

"Obviously we’re running the ball well, and I think we’re throwing it well, too," Murray said. "So in this part of the year, it’s cold, the weather, so I think running is going to be a little bit more of a factor for us, which is good. We’ve got a strong offensive line. We’ve got some backs who can run and also got a lot of guys on the edge that can go up and get the ball. So it’s going to be huge for us."


Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray hits century mark again Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) The march to 2,000 yards for the season continued Sunday beyond the big pond for Cowboys stud back DeMarco Murray.

Murray rushed for 100 yards - all in the first three quarters - on 19 carries and added six receptions for 31 yards to help bury Jacksonville in London. He began the game with a 23-yard run and a 21-yard jaunt put him at the century mark. Murray was kept out of the end zone for the second straight game, but he has 1,233 yards for the season and is on pace for 1,973.

He will not move any closer next week - Dallas doesn't play.


Cowboys RB Murray questions carries-to-victories connection


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/6/2014) The Cowboys are 17-1 when stud featured back DeMarco Murray has rushed at least 20 times over the last four years. He managed just 19 attempts in each of the last two weeks, both of which resulted in Dallas defeats.

Murray, however, takes those numbers with many grains of salt. "I've heard about it a few times," he told the Dallas News. "I don't know the truth behind it or the meaning behind it, but I think we win when we play well and everyone's doing their job."

He is on pace to become just the eighth player in NFL history to exceed 2,000 yards rushing.


Finger injury not expected to bother DeMarco Murray


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2014) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray, the NFL's leading rusher, injured his right pinkie finger Week 9 against Arizona, reports the Dallas Morning News. But he practiced fully Wednesday and coach Jason Garrett said Murray is fine.

Murray has run for 1,133 yards and seven touchdowns while averaging 5.0 yards per carry. He has, however, lost five fumbles.


DeMarco Murray misses his quarterback


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/2/2014) For any other running back, 79 yards on 19 carries wouldn't even raise an eyebrow, but for DeMarco Murray, who was riding a streak of eight straight games with 100-plus rushing yards, a record to begin the season, and on pace to break Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record, it's reason to wonder.

To wonder if he's running out of steam after such a heavy workload to begin the season? I tend to doubt that. He's had only one game with 30-plus carries, and his yards per carry hadn't faltered until this game. To wonder if he'll be as effective without the threat of a passing game? Yeah, that's a legitimate question.

Starting quarterback Tony Romo missed Week 9 against Arizona with two fractures in his back, and his replacement, Brandon Weeden, was no good at all. You would expect him to do the heavy lifting against a defense that entered the game ranked 32nd against the pass (compared to third against the run), but even with the Cowboys trailing for much of the game, he could muster only 183 yards.

All things considered, then, Murray did pretty well for himself, and again, if he was any other running back, we wouldn't be asking these questions now. He's still likely destined for a historic season, so you'll want to keep him active for Week 10 against the Jaguars in London, which should be a favorable matchup for him regardless of whether or not Romo returns.


DeMarco Murray held under 100 yards for first time


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) With the Cardinals ganging up to stop the run, Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was held under 100 rushing yards for the first time all season. Murray ran 19 times for 79 yards (4.2 ypc) and caught all four of his targets for 11 yards in the 28-17 home loss.

He was stuffed on a critical 4th-and-1 in the fourth quarter. Murray faced stacked boxes all game because the Cardinals showed no fear of backup quarterback Brandon Weeden. Arizona came into the game allowing 3.3 yards per carry and was the first team to contain the league's leading rusher.

The Cowboys hope to have Tony Romo back under center Week 10 when they face the Jaguars in London.


DeMarco Murray unstoppable again but fumbles again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/28/2014) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray shredded the Redskins for 221 yards from scrimmage in Monday's overtime loss. He surpassed 100 yards rushing for the eighth straight game and went over 1,000 for the season on a 51-yard jaunt in the third quarter.

But Murray also lost his fifth fumble, tops in the league. Murray carried 19 times for 141 yards (7.4 ypc) and caught all four of his targets for a season-high 80 yards. Murray coughed it up following a 34-yard reception in the first quarter.

This was Murray's first 100-yard rushing effort in six career meetings with Washington, but just his second game this season without a touchdown.

He's on pace for 2,108 rushing yards, which would break Eric Dickerson's NFL record of 2,105 set 30 years ago. Murray faces the Cardinals in Week 9.