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Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. Romo will be fine for a so-so matchup against Indianapolis.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Murray is on track to play in Week 16. His workload may be limited somewhat to avoid hits on that left hand, but he should be out there for fantasy owners. He should also be able to run to the right effectively, though his stiff-arm in either direction may not be available. When he runs to the left, he may have to carry the ball in his right hand, increasing the likelihood of a fumble. The defense will certainly be aware of his injury and try to force a fumble. The Cowboys would be wise to utilize Joseph Randle a bit more in the running game and especially Lance Dunbar in the passing game since Murray's ability to catch the ball may be somewhat limited. But if he's active, he's pretty much a must-start given his production this season and the favorable matchup against Indianapolis (#21 in RB aFPA).

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) did not practice Wednesday. This is a typical rest day for Romo.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand) did not practice Wednesday. Murray participated in individual drills, though the official report says that he didn’t practice. Given his return, even in a limited fashion, it looks as if Murray is on track to play in Week 16. His workload may be limited somewhat to avoid hits on that left hand, but he should be out there for fantasy owners. He should also be able to run to the right effectively, though his stiff-arm in either direction may not be available. When he runs to the left, he may have to carry the ball in his right hand, increasing the likelihood of a fumble. The defense will certainly be aware of his injury and try to force a fumble. The Cowboys would be wise to utilize Joseph Randle in the running game and especially Lance Dunbar in the passing game since Murray's ability to catch the ball may be somewhat limited. But if he's active, he's pretty much a must-start given his production this season.

 

Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (finger) already back at practice

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 1:17pm

Todd Archer, Twitter - [Full Article]

Cowboys beat writer Todd Archer: DeMarco Murray in uniform on practice field but not expected to so much. Has extra protection on his left hand... Murray just caught a pass during pat and go warmups. Kinda used both hands to make the grab... Joseph Randle took the first team snaps in on air drills, not Murray... DeMarco Murray going through all of the individual drills.

Fantasy Impact:

It looks as if Murray is on track to play in Week 16. His workload may be limited somewhat to avoid hits on that left hand, but he should be out there for fantasy owners. He should also be able to run to the right effectively, though his stiffarm in either direction may not be available. When he runs to the left, he may have to carry the ball in his right hand, increasing the likelihood of a fumble. The defense will certainly be aware of his injury and try to force a fumble. The Cowboys would be wise to utilize Joseph Randle in the running game and especially Lance Dunbar in the passing game since Murray's ability to catch the ball may be somewhat limited. But if he's active, he's pretty much a must-start given his production this season.

Cowboys Beat: Team won't get away from run game without DeMarco Murray

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 9:06pm

Dallas Morning News - [Full Article]

Beat writer Brandon George answered a question about the Cowboys offense passing more if DeMarco Muarry doesn't play:

George: I think you'd see more of Tony Romo without Murray. But I don't think they'd get totally away from the run game. Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar are good enough to do well behind this offensive line. Randle has had several big runs of late and would be fine against a Colts team that struggles against the run.

Fantasy Impact:

If anything, the Colts may be able to play a bit more balanced and do more to prevent WR Dez Bryant from hurting them without Murray in the lineup. George added in his Q & A that he "would doubt [Murray will] practice fully at any point this week. Other running backs have come right back and played with this injury. No reason to think Murray couldn't do the same."

Cowboys Beat: Early indication DeMarco Murray plays Week 16

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 10:16am

Bryan Broaddus on Twitter - [Full Article]

Early thinking is yes, [DeMarco Murray] plays in Week 16].

Fantasy Impact:

It's not an official word from the team but Broaddus does cover the Cowboys. He was asked in a tweet what the early indications are around Cowboys camp regarding Murray playing vs. the Colts. Right now Dallas is just playing wait-and-see with Murray and unfortunately owners must do the same. Injury Expert Russell Manalastas said Monday, "I'm not sure it's realistic to assume Murray will be back from hand surgery this Sunday, but stranger things have happened. The severity of the fracture and what type of procedure they perform will ultimately determine his availability this week and moving forward."

DeMarco Murray to have surgery on hand

Monday, December 15, 2014, 2:43pm

105.3 The Fan on Twitter - [Full Article]

Stephen Jones tells @1053thefan Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray will have surgery today on broken bone in his hand.

Fantasy Impact:

Per the tweet, Murray is not ruled out for next week - at least not yet. Jones was quoted in a story as saying, "It's probably a tough expectation to think that he can [play], but we'll see." Jones made it seem like even if he responds well to surgery, it may be a long shot Murray suits up in a friendly matchup at home with the Colts. Joseph Randle is averaging 7.0 YPC on 34 carries thus far this season, and is the favorite to take over most of Murray's carries. Lance Dunbar is the better pass-catcher, so he'd likely take on most of Murray's work in the receiving game. If Murray misses the game, Randle would likely be ranked in the top 20-25 in standard formats, while Dunbar would have some PPR appeal.

From our Injury Expert Russell Manalastas:
4th metacarpal fractures can be difficult to return from due to the potential swelling from both the fracture and from the surgery to address the fracture. Location is also important as well, as often times metacarpal fractures are addressed non-operatively. My first guess is that they are going to pin the fracture to allow it to heal properly. The metacarpals are really important in the hand to help with gripping activities, so the concern here is his ability to grip the football.

I'm not sure it's realistic to assume Murray will be back from hand surgery this Sunday, but stranger things have happened. The severity of the fracture and what type of procedure they perform will ultimately determine his availability this week and moving forward. If he does play, he'll have heavy padding around the fracture to help reduce the load on the fracture, with the option to primarily use just his right hand for carrying the ball.

DeMarco Murray's hand looks to be OK

Monday, December 15, 2014, 10:26am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray has remained free of injury despite a heavy workload this season, but he injured his hand late in the proceedings and needed to have x-rays done after the game. Murray revealed no concern to reporters after doctors took a look.

“Good, good. I’ll be all right,” Murray said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Fantasy Impact:

Murray has a pretty nice matchup against the Colts in Week 16 for what is likely fantasy finals time. The Colts were 23rd in terms of allowing fantasy points to RBs coming into Week 15 and Murray will likely see another large workload.

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 7:21pm

Cowboys Inactives
Kenneth Boatright DE
Josh Brent DT
Jakar Hamilton DB
Donald Hawkins T
Tony Hills T
Dustin Vaughan QB
Dekoda Watson OLB

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Eagles QB Nick Foles (collarbone, out) has been ruled out for Week 15. Foles remains out, but is inching closer to a return. Mark Sanchez is an attractive start in a good matchup against the Cowboys. He is the #8 fantasy QB since taking over as the starter in Week 10.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 15. He’s a quality start against the Eagles, though the Cowboys have gone pretty run-heavy this season. Romo has a 15:1 TD-to-INT ratio on the road this season.

Why Tony Romo struggled against the Eagles on Thanksgiving

Friday, December 12, 2014, 10:47am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Cowboys beat writer Todd Archer explains why Tony Romo didn't play well against the Eagles on Thanksgiving:

The Cowboys and Romo believe things will be different in the second meeting. Not in the potential outcome, but in how they play. They won’t use the quick turnaround from a Sunday night game at MetLife Stadium to a Thursday afternoon game at AT&T Stadium as an excuse, but I’ll call it a reason. On a normal Thursday, Romo would be going through his first practice of the week. That time he had to play a game. And, for some reason, he chose not to take a painkilling injection before the game. He was not the same quarterback that day. Things weren't “firing” as he likes to say. Given the state of his back, he needs rest. He had a full week to get ready for the Chicago Bears and completed 81 percent of his passes and threw three touchdown passes.

Fantasy Impact:

We're expecting a better game from Romo as well. In addition to the extra rest (and pain killing injection), he has played better on the road, posting a 15-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio away from Dallas this season.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Eagles QB Nick Foles (collarbone) was ruled out for Week 15. Foles remains out, but is inching closer to a return. Mark Sanchez is an attractive start in a good matchup against the Cowboys. He is the #8 fantasy QB since taking over as the starter in Week 10.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. This is Romo’s usual routine. He’s apparently dealing with a rib injury in addition to the back. He’s a quality start against the Eagles, though the Cowboys have gone pretty run-heavy this season.