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12/21/14 - RB DeMarco Murray was active Sunday despite having surgery on his broken left hand Monday. The NFL's leading rusher finished with 58 yards on 22 carries. Murray needs 29 rushing yards in the regular-season finale to break Emmitt Smith's single-season team record of 1,773.
12/18/14 - RB DeMarco Murray practiced on a limited basis on Thursday, raising optimism that he will play against the Colts. It was Murray's first official work with the team since undergoing surgery on Monday to repair a broken bone in his left hand. He had a metal plate and screws inserted to repair a fractured fourth metacarpal, suffered in the fourth quarter of last Sunday's victory against the Philadelphia Eagles. Murray did some individual work on Wednesday but didn't officially participate in practice. Owner Jerry Jones said he's encouraged by what he saw Murray do in practice.
"Well I am by the fact he's so aggressive in his thinking about playing," Jones said. "At the end of the day, whenever you talk to doctors or trainers, when you get right down to it, well, the player has to tell us how he feels about playing or not. I'm glad to know there is not a lot of risk of extending injury time or exacerbating the injury, which is a good thing. If he can feel comfortable and tolerate and execute, then he will play."
12/11/14 - RB DeMarco Murray needs 168 yards to break Emmitt Smith's single-season franchise rushing record of 1,773, set in 1995. Murray has 1,606 yards heading into Sunday's game against the Eagles.
12/05/14 - RB DeMarco Murray simply put the Cowboys on his back against the Bears with a signature performance.
Murray touched the ball a career-high 41 times for 228 all-purpose yards. He had a career-high 32 carries for 179 rushing yards and caught nine passes for 49 yards. For the season, Murray has 1,606 yards on 320 carries with three games to go. It puts him on pace for 1,977 yards.
Emmitt Smith holds the team record with the 1,773 rushing yards he had in 1995. That mark is coming down. But Murray is now back within a shot of Eric Dickerson's NFL record of 2,105 yards in 1984. Murray would have to average 167 yards in the final three games to break it.
"Just coming out here running plays, giving us a chance to win," Murray said. "Whether it's running, passing, we just try to win games. It's not about yards. Whatever happens at the end of the year happens. We're just taking it week by week and trying to come up with some wins."
12/04/14 - RB DeMarco Murray is a real horse. It is very rare for a back to handle the ball more than 40 times in a game, but he did that, and he was able to avoid tacklers as well at the end of the game as he was at the beginning. He produced 179 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries, plus 49 yards on nine receptions. If he maintains his per-game rushing average, he would finish with 1,977 yards.
Murray has 1,998 yards from scrimmage this season, rushing and receiving combined. That is 40.6 percent of the Cowboys' total offense. If he continues on his current pace, Murray would finish with 2,459 yards, which would be the second-highest total in NFL history. The record, 2,509, was set by RB Chris Johnson with Tennessee in 2009.