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Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones indicated on Saturday that Murray would be allowed to test free agency, the Dallas Morning News reports. "There is an expectation that he will get back to us before he signs with another club," Jones said. "There's a hope that he would. But that would be unfair to him and for other clubs to say he's going to bring something back. We hope we get to visit with him. We'll see what happens."

There's still time for the Cowboys and Murray to reach an agreement on a contract before free agency officially begins, but all signs point to the club letting Murray test the market. Coming off a career season, he should command a hefty payday, and if he doesn't return to Dallas they should have plenty of options to replace him in a draft class loaded with running backs.

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Murray (hand) carried 25 times for 123 yards and a TD in Sunday's 26-21 playoff loss to the Packers.

Murray -- who also caught a five-yard pass -- finished the regular season with 392 carries for a league-high 1,845 rushing yards, with 13 touchdowns, while adding 57 catches for 451 receiving yards. The soon-to-be 27-year-old is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason and on the heels of his career year, he's in for a big payday. It remains to be seen, however, just how aggressive the Cowboys will be in trying to retain Murray.

DeMarco Murray RB DAL 2 Months

Murray (hand) took 19 carries for 75 yards and a touchdown, adding three receptions for 22 yards on four targets, in Sunday's 24-20 win over the Lions.

The entire Dallas offense struggled for most of the first half, until Terrance Williams broke off a 76-yard touchdown reception inside of the two-minute. While the comeback was mostly led by Tony Romo and the defense, Murray found soon room to run in the second half, despite facing the NFL's top-ranked rushing defense. He'll draw a much more favorable matchup next week, with the Cowboys traveling to Lambeau Field to take on a Packers team that has a shaky front seven.

DeMarco Murray RB DAL 2 Months

Murray (hand) had 20 carries for 100 rushing yards and a touchdown, as well as three catches on three targets for 21 receiving yards during Sunday's win over Washington.

Murray clinched the rushing title with his 12th 100-yard game of the season, finishing the season with 392 carries for 1,845 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns, while also adding 57 catches on 64 targets for 451 receiving yards. He set the Cowboys' single-season rushing yards record along the way, and he has a great resume for a potential Offensive Player of the Year Award.

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Murray (hand/illness) is active for Sunday's game at Washington, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Nearly two weeks removed from breaking a bone in his left hand, Murray is ready to roll with a potential franchise record on the line. He needs only 29 yards to surpass the 1,773 posted by Emmitt Smith in 1995, which is quite attainable against a Washington defense that has allowed 4.1 YPC to running backs in the last four contests. However, even though coach Jason Garrett has relayed that he won't rest the starters, the Cowboys only have a slim chance of improving its current standing as the No. 3 seed in the NFC with a win, meaning Murray may not play the entirety of the season finale.

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Murray (hand/illness) is probable for Sunday's game against Washington.

Murray's hand won't stop him from taking up a significant workload as a runner, but it might keep him limited as a pass catcher. He's just 29 yards away from Emmitt Smith's single-season Cowboys record of 1,773 rushing yards, so he shouldn't have any shortage of motivation. Meanwhile, coach Jason Garrett said Dallas won't rest its starters against Washington, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports, even though a win would provide Dallas with only a distant chance of improved playoff seeding.

DeMarco Murray RB DAL 2 Months

Murray (hand) is expected to practice Friday after sitting out Thursday's session with an illness, Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports.

Murray's absence from Thursday's practice clouded his status a bit, but he practiced fully Wednesday, so it seems he should be good to go for Week 17 as long as he can avoid any setbacks Friday.

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Murray (hand) won't practice Thursday due to an illness, Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports.

Murray is likely getting the illness out of the way well in advance of Sunday's game at Washington. However, a bit of kindling has been thrown into the fire, meaning owners should watch his health with a keen eye as the weekend approaches.

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Murray (hand) practiced in full Wednesday, Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News reports.

On course to suit up Sunday at Washington, Murray's healing left hand will nonetheless include stitches until sometime next week. In the meantime, he'll don a padded glove in order to contend with any discomfort felt, but his upcoming matchup isn't exactly friendly (3.8 YPC and three touchdowns to running backs in the past five contests).

DeMarco Murray RB DAL 2 Months

Murray (hand) took part in practice Wednesday, when he handled the initial snaps with the first team in warmups, ESPN Dallas reports.

Despite breaking a bone in his left hand in Week 15, Murray extended his streak of 20-plus carries to five games this past Sunday against the Colts. However, the ailment, which was protected by a padded glove, forced his first outing without a target this season. As the final regular season contest approaches, a capped workload will likely be followed in order to keep his health intact, but Cowboys are still in the mix for a first-round bye in the postseason, meaning they'll be hard-pressed to rest Murray this Sunday in Washington. The preceding should be confirmed by week's end.