The Cowboys are currently 5 1/2-point favorites on the road against Washington.
Murray, who underwent surgery Dec. 15 on his broken left hand, is fully expected to play Sunday at Washington after getting 22 carries in the Week 16 blowout of the Colts. Dallas is favored by 5.5 or 6 points at Vegas sportsbooks.
Murray carried 22 times for 58 yards and a touchdown Week 16 -- six days after he underwent surgery. He's 29 rushing yards from breaking Emmitt Smith's single-season franchise record of 1,773, set in 1995.
Dallas, which has an outside chance to earn a first-round playoff bye, is a 6.5-point road favorite Sunday.
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Murray played with a protective pad on his hand, but didn't seem too troubled by it. The fumble-prone back extended his streak of games without putting the ball on the turf to seven games, despite carrying it 22 times. He managed to rush for just 58 yards, but found the end zone for the 12th time in the win.
The Cowboys clinched a playoff spot Sunday, but they will still be fighting for seeding in Week 17. Still, they might want to take advantage of the opportunity to limit his workload against Washington. Keep an eye on the team's plans throughout the week, but Murray proved Sunday he is well worth starting as long as he plans on playing.
Murray was limited by his surgically-repaired left hand. He primarily carried the ball with his right and was unable to use his stiff-arm. But he appeared to emerge unscathed.
Having locked up the NFC East, the Cowboys visit Washington in the regular-season finale. It's unclear how much Murray will play in that game.
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