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25 Lance Dunbar RB

Dallas Cowboys

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
16%1%
Key Stats
GPAttYdsAvgTDsFum
1426913.500

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Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray practicing two days after surgery
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was "going through drills and catching passes" at Wednesday's practice, reports NFL.com. ESPN.com reports Murray participated in all individual drills despite having his left hand wrapped.

"I think we need to see something," coach Jason Garrett told reporters. "So we'll take it day by day and see how he progresses."

Murray underwent surgery Monday to fix a broken bone in his left hand. He leads the NFL with 351 carries for 1,687 yards and 11 touchdowns. He wasn't expected to participate in team drills as the team eases him back.

If the Cowboys hold out Murray on Sunday against the Colts, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar would carry the load. Randle is averaging 7.0 yards on his 34 carries and would handle most of the early-down work. Dunbar is an excellent receiver (16 catches, 207 yards) who would play mainly on third downs and in hurry-up situations.

Owner Jerry Jones said Murray likely will be a gametime decision. The Cowboys are 3-point favorites over Indy at most Las Vegas sportsbooks.

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Cowboys RBs Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar 'ready for whatever'
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

With the status of DeMarco Murray (hand) up in the air, Cowboys backup running backs Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar are preparing for a larger workload for Week 16, if necessary, according to the Star-Telegram. Both backs have totaled 328 yards on 60 carries on the ground this season.

"We're approaching it the same way," Dunbar said. "We haven't gotten into all that yet. Tomorrow is the first day we get to practice and stuff. I'm pretty sure it's going to be the same way. You always have to be ready just in case your number is called. If my number is called, I'll be ready if he's not able to go."

"We don't know what the opportunity is yet because he hasn't been ruled out but I'm ready for whatever," Randle said. "I'm itching big time. I feel like I can get job done definitely if they ask me to do that. I don't want to let the team down. This is a huge game for our season. I'm going to be fully ready to go."

It remains to be seen which running back would get the start if Murray can't play.

Dallas is a 3-point favorite at home against Indianapolis on Sunday.

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What to do in DeMarco Murray's absence?
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

With DeMarco Murray's (hand) availability very much in doubt, plenty of Fantasy owners are going to be scrambling for the waiver wires ahead of Week 16. At the Fantasy Football Today blog, I took a look at Murray's backups, Joseph Randle and  Lance Dunbar, to see how they might be used in Murray's absence:

"Dunbar saw more work than Randle in Week 15 as well, playing 14 snaps to Randle's three. However, the team has been more likely to give Randle the ball when he's been on the field, as he has touched the ball on 58.1 percent of his offensive snaps. That number is closer to Murray's mark of 56.9 than Dunbar's 38.9 percent mark."

Randle is averaging a robust 7.0 yards per carry on the season, twice what Dunbar has managed. However, Dunbar has much more experience as a pass-catching option out of the backfield, so we could see a true split if Murray sits, with Randle handling the early downs and Dunbar getting work when the team needs to pass. 

If you can only pick up one player, Randle looks like the guy to own. Both Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard have him among their top-16 running backs for the week, while Dunbar manages to just barely sneak into Dave's top-30, and doesn't come anywhere close for Jamey. He may have more value in a PPR format, but Randle has been so effective running the ball, he probably fits what the Cowboys want to do more. 

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Cowboys backup runners combine for five touches
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Cowboys backup running backs Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar were barely used in Thursday's loss to the Eagles. Randle ran twice for 6 yards and caught one pass for minus-1 yard. Dunbar rushed twice for 15 yards, including a 14-yard gain.

They'll visit the Bears next Thursday.

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Three Cowboys add four catches combined to Sunday win
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

A trio of Cowboys receivers pitched in with minor contributions in a Week 10 victory over Jacksonville. Tight end Gavin Escobar caught one pass for 14 yards, wideout Cole Beasley snagged another for 11 yards and running back Lance Dunbar caught two for seven yards.

Also working his way into the score sheet was backup quarterback Brandon Weeden, who completed his only pass for eight yards.

Dallas is now on its bye week.

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Schedule
WeekDateOpp.AttYdsLgTD
19/7/14SF0000
29/14/14TEN112770
39/21/14STL0000
49/28/14NO0000
510/5/14HOU0000
610/12/14SEA1-4-40
710/19/14NYG316130
810/27/14WAS1660
911/2/14ARI3960
1011/9/14JAC0000
1211/23/14NYG0000
1311/27/14PHI215140
1412/4/14CHI0000
1512/14/14PHI52270
WeekDateOpponentTime/Result
1612/21/14IND4:25 pm
1712/28/14@ WAS1:00 pm
Rushing
YearTeamGGSAttYdsAvgLgTD20+1st
2012Dallas Cowboys12021753.618005
2013Dallas Cowboys90301505.045018
2014Dallas Cowboys14026913.514005
TOTAL350773164.1450118
Receiving
YearTeamGGSRecYdsAvgLgTD20+40+1st
2012Dallas Cowboys1206335.5140003
2013Dallas Cowboys907598.4170002
2014Dallas Cowboys1401620712.94004110
TOTAL3502929910.34004115
Kick Returns
YearTeamGNoYdsAvgLgTD40+
2012Dallas Cowboys121226121.84401
2013Dallas Cowboys912828.02800
2014Dallas Cowboys1424623.02800
TOTAL351533522.34401
Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2012Dallas Cowboys1297.020000.0000
2013Dallas Cowboys900.000000.0000
2014Dallas Cowboys1422.000000.0000
TOTAL35119.020000.0000
Fumbles
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2012Dallas Cowboys1210000000
2013Dallas Cowboys911000000
2014Dallas Cowboys1400000000
TOTAL3521000000
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Height/Weight:
5-8/195
Birthdate:
1/25/1990
Age:
24
Hometown:
New Orleans, LA, USA
School:
North Texas
NFL Experience:
3
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