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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).

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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.

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Murray (hand) had 22 carries for 58 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's lopsided win over the Colts.

Murray played extensively until getting removed from the game when the Cowboys had amassed a five-touchdown lead. Despite the high carry total, he clearly wasn't his usual self, seeming to avoid carrying the ball in his left hand at all costs. Although the Cowboys are still technically alive for a first-round bye (pending the results of the Sunday night game), they will likely slot into the No. 3 spot, so the coaching staff may decide to rest Murray in Week 17 to get him as healthy as possible for the playoffs.

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Murray (hand) is listed as active Sunday against the Giants, Lindsey Jones of USA Today reports.

Upholding the optimism displayed by the Jones family all week, Murray is suiting up after breaking a bone in his left hand last Sunday. As expected, Murray's hand will be protected by a padded glove, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, but the protection may not be enough to salvage his normal pass-catching prowess. Moreover, the possibility exists for an aggravation of the injury, meaning Joseph Randle is a decent bet to make his presence felt in some capacity.

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Murray expects to play Sunday against the Colts, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports. However, Glazer speculates that Murray's role will be somewhat limited, as his hand may not allow him to handle his normal pass-catching and blocking duties.

ESPN's Ed Werder confirms Glazer's report, stating that Murray has told those close to him that he's "definitely playing" in Week 16. Murray's ultimate workload will be contingent upon his ability to manage pain in his left hand when it arises, but he's expected to wear a padded glove in order to alleviate any discomfort, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. When Murray yields snaps, Joseph Randle is the likely candidate to handle carries, with Lance Dunbar present to fill in as a receiving threat out of the Cowboys' backfield.

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According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Murray is in line to play Sunday against the Colts with a pad on his surgically-repaired left hand.

Those planning to use Murray this week are still advised to verify his status in advance of Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff, but it appears as though the running back plans to give it a go. It remains to be seen how Murray will hold up as a pass-blocker Sunday and how effective he might be in the passing game, with Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar on hand to serve in complementary roles and to spell Murray if he is limited at all as Week 16's game progresses.

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Although Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones said on Friday that he's "pretty positive" Murray will play in Week 16's game against the Colts, Murray's left hand is still swollen post-surgery, the Dallas Morning News reports.

The Cowboys aren't above Belichicking their injury report, as they had Tony Romo listed as questionable prior to being inactive in Week 9, so while there are positive signs for Murray his fantasy owners should make sure they have a replacement available, just in case.

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Murray (hand) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Indianapolis, ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer reports.

Despite the questionable tag, Murray is expected to start Sunday's game. With that said, it's reasonable to suspect that Murray won't have much of a presence in the Dallas passing game due to the broken bone in his hand. If Murray loses passing down snaps, Lance Dunbar would be the candidate to pick up the slack. While Dunbar is the receiving specialist behind Murray, Joe Randle is likely the Dallas runner who would receive most of the carries if Murray surprisingly sits out.

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in an interview with KRLD-FM on Friday that he is "pretty positive" Murray (hand) will play Sunday against the Colts, reports.

Murray is practicing on a limited basis Friday, and the optimism around his status continues to increase. However, head coach Jason Garrett acknowledged Friday that Murray's hand is causing some issues. "He hasn't done much with the ball in his left hand," Garrett said Friday. "He has a long way to go, we'll take it day by day, and we'll see how he is come game time." Murray figures to be a game-time decision Sunday, but the sense is that he'll play. However, the hand injury makes it likely that he won't reach the 30-carry mark that he has hit in the past two games. Expect to see more Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar than usual, even if Murray does play.