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.
Despite undergoing surgery less than a week ago, the
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.
One week after breaking a bone in his left hand,
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys are nervous about Murray's ability to pass-protect. Murray leads the NFL with 1,687 rushing yards. He'll be backed up by
Dallas is favored by 3 or 3.5 points at Vegas sportsbooks.
The plan is for Murray to play with a pad on his surgically-repaired hand, which he debuted during the team's final walkthru Saturday. The Cowboys remain concerned with how his injury holds up Sunday, and if they clinch a playoff spot in Week 16, Murray could be a candidate to sit out Week 17 to rest his injured hand.
Murray leads the league with 1,687 yards on 351 carries through 14 games, which is the most in franchise history. He also has 54 receptions for 395 yards.
The Cowboys remain a 3 1/2-point home favorite over Indianapolis.
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