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Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray plans on playing Sunday.

The issue with his hand will be of some concern, as his ability to stiff arm will be limited, and there is an increased risk for fumbles. He also will not be used as a receiver much with the hand still swollen post-surgery.
Analyst: Ivar G. Anderson  View Profile

20 Dec, 02:55 PMSource

DeMarco Murray (hand) will make the final call on whether he plays in Week 16 against the Colts after being medically cleared Friday.

So we've beaten this dead horse pretty badly at this point. If you didn't already know that the Cowboys were leaving the final decision in Murray's hands, then you haven't been paying attention to your alerts and updates. The coaches have given the player the final say here which usually means that there's probably some sort of incentive clause in the contract that Murray is about to hit and the coaches are going to let him decide whether he reaches it or not. That also tends to mean that he will play. Exactly how much he plays is not yet known but if he doesn't suffer any setbacks, then it could be for the entire game. He's a risky play, for sure, but as we've always preached, you stick to the horses that brought you here and he is certainly one of those horses.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

20 Dec, 08:38 AMSource

Tony Romo (back) fully participated in practice Friday.

Romo should be good to go as the probable designation he has every week is a product of him taking off the first practice of every week to rest his back. He'll be good to go as a low-end QB1.
Analyst: Ben Diamond  View Profile

19 Dec, 09:42 PM

DeMarco Murray (hand) is listed as questionable for Sunday, but owner Jerry Jones is "pretty positive" he will play.

This game is all too important for the Cowboys, who are fighting for a playoff spot, for Murray to miss. He will play on Sunday against the Colts, but the question remains, in what capacity. It would be hard to assume that Dallas is going to give the ball to a player a couple of days removed from surgery, his usual 30 touches. Look for more involvement from Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar.
Analyst: Dom Murtha  View Profile

19 Dec, 05:00 PMSource

DeMarco Murray is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game.

He's listed as questionable but the Cowboys said the final decision as to whether or not he plays is up to him. That means we can expect to see Murray on the field. How long he lasts is probably up to his hand.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

19 Dec, 02:35 PMSource

Zack Martin (ankle) did not practice on Friday.

Martin is the starting right guard, not the tackle, and he hasn't practiced all week. Neither has starting right tackle Doug Free which should tell you plenty about the state of the Cowboys' offensive line. Mackenzy Bernadeau would fill in if Martin can't play.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

19 Dec, 11:57 AMSource

Doug Free (ankle) did not practice on Friday.

Free has been absent from practice all week and is likely to be questionable to play this week. Jeremy Parnell will fill in if Free cannot play.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

19 Dec, 11:56 AMSource

DeMarco Murray (hand) is practicing again on Friday.

Apparently the Cowboys said that the decision of whether or not he would play this week would ultimately be up to Murray, and the running back has already said publicly that he wants to be on the field. His participation in practice seems to indicate that he will play Sunday against the Colts.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

19 Dec, 11:54 AMSource

According to NFL analysys Adam Schefter, a source confirmed that the decision on whether or not DeMarco Murray (hand) will play Sunday will be up to him, in which case he will definitely opt to play.

If it's up to Murray and Murray says he'll play, then so be it. The Cowboys are taking a bit of a risk here, but it would also be silly to think that Murray would jeopardize his status for a potential playoff run. However, while he says he can play and the Cowboys seem to be willing to take him at his word, fantasy owners are going to have to be cautious here. While he could put up strong numbers against the Colts' 23rd-ranked run defense, there's also the chance that he realizes early in the game that his hand isn't ready and he is forced to leave. He's earned the must-start status this season, but keep your expectations in check.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

19 Dec, 11:23 AMSource

Tony Romo practiced in full on Thursday.

The Cowboys have a huge game on Sunday, so obviously, Romo is going to play. It could be a shootout in Dallas, so start Romo with confidence and don't look back.
Analyst: David Kerr  View Profile

18 Dec, 03:35 PMSource

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