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DeMarco Murray Status Uncertain After Surgery on His Broken Hand

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Looks like the Dallas Cowboys are desperate to make a run into the playoffs. After having surgery on his left hand to repair a broken ring finger, the league’s leading rusher could play on Sunday versus the Indianapolis Colts. DeMarco Murray suffered a broken hand during the Cowboys’ latest matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. But at this point, his status remains uncertain. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones did not rule Murray out against the Colts during his Monday radio show. Jones said the possibility of Murray playing likely would depend on his pain tolerance. Dallas coach Jason Garrett echoed Jones’ sentiment during his Monday press conference. So after two press availabilities, the Cowboys won’t make a final determination about Murray’s status until later this week.

Fantasy football owners, make sure to be ready to adjust your rosters. If they are available in your leagues, Cowboys’ Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar could split carries in Murray’s absence.

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Murray’s Pain Tolerance

Murray injured himself while rushing for 81 yards and two touchdowns against the Eagles. While a broken finger is painful and certainly a nuisance to a ball carrier, Murray could still be effective behind the Cowboys’ stout offensive line. Also, Murray carries primarily in his right hand but is able to shift hands depending on the play side. Dallas’ win against the Eagles put the Cowboys in sole possession of first place in the NFC East. The Cowboys (10-4) control their destiny with remaining games against the Colts (10-4) and at the Washington Redskins (3-11) in the regular-season finale on December 28.

The debate at this moment is whether Murray will play – but a larger question remains. Should DeMarco Murray play with a broken hand? The NFL has been under intense scrutiny over player safety and the long-term effects of all the collisions. Here you have a major offensive weapon who is leading the league in rushing on “America’s Team” not giving himself a week to heal. Sounds like a dumb move, You ask us, this makes no sense. For more perspective on Murray’s injury, head over to ESPN.

What is your opinion? Should Murray give himself more time to heal?

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