Dallas Cowboys star running back DeMarco Murray underwent succesful surgery to repair a broken bone in his left hand Monday and has not been ruled out for the Cowboys' crucial game against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday.
Murray suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys' 38-27 win over the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday, in which he was held to 81 yards.
Cowboys officials feel confident that Murray could play against the Colts Sunday. Emmitt Smith suffered a similar injury in 1999 and was able to come back, thanks to a special glove with extra padding, and managed to run for over 100 yards in two straight games. Murray would use a similar glove to protect his injured left hand.
"He's as strong-willed and as determined an individual as I've ever been around, and if anybody has a chance to come back, he does," head coach Jason Garret said.
Murray's missing Sunday's game would be a big blow for the Cowboys. He has accounted for 38 percent of the team's yards from scrimmage — the most by any player in the NFL. He has also reached career-highs in carries (351), touchdowns (11) and yards (1,687). He has run for over 100 yards in 11 games this season. His rushing yards lead the NFL, and the closest to him, Le'Veon Bell, trails him by over 400 yards. Murray needs 87 yards in the Cowboys' last two games to break the franchise single-season record (1,773) held by Smith.
Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar would take over the running game for the Cowboys if Murray were to sit out Sunday's game. Randle has only run the ball 34 times for 237 yards this year, and Dunbar has run for 91 yards on 26 carries.
"We have a lot of confidence in those guys," Garrett said. "Obviously we like to give them opportunities in games to spell DeMarco and just to give those guys a shot."
The Cowboys can clinch the NFC East with wins against the Colts and Redskins to close out the season. A loss, however, could keep them out of the playoff picture.