DeMarco Murray | RB | Dallas Cowboys
Posted: 2/22/2015 5:42pm et
Free-agent RB DeMarco Murray (Cowboys) may have a lighter workload if he is re-signed by Dallas for 2015.
Huddle Up: Yeah, a league-high 449 touches figures to be a once-in-a-career season for the RB, who had 76 more than any other back. History shows he likely wouldn't be able to shoulder another load like that even if was asked to -- and that's no matter where he plays next season.
Posted: 2/11/2015 5:58pm et
Dallas Cowboys impending free-agent RB DeMarco Murray isn't tipping his hand to what he plans to do in free agency. 'Obviously I think they want me here,' Murray said. 'I want to be here. It's just finding the ... just what helps them, what helps me. Things like that. I think both sides want to be here, so I think we'll see where it goes.' Murray hasn't indicated if he's had ongoing negotiations with the Cowboys since the season ended. However, he hasn't distanced himself from the team since the end of the season, and he spent time with head coach Jason Garrett and QB Tony Romo last week.
Huddle Up: The Cowboys have some big decisions to make this offseason, with the likely course signing Dez Bryant long term and franchising Murray. But when has Jerry Jones followed the likely course?
Posted: 1/23/2015 7:49pm et
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray is getting support from QB Tony Romo to stay with the team long term. Romo said he is consistently talking to owner Jerry Jones about bringing him back in 2015.
Huddle Up: Romo also has been lobbying for the re-signing of his top target, WR Dez Bryant, but it will likely take more than that from the QB -- namely a restructured contract -- to keep both of his chief weapons around.
Posted: 1/23/2015 3:52pm et
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray was in pass protection on 52 more plays than any other running back on the roster in 2014.
Huddle Up: Murray was as valuable to the Cowboys in 2014 as any RB in the league, but there's also no denying that the RB position in general simply isn't viewed in the same league light as it once was, and Murray still may find himself as the odd big-name free agent out in Big D if it comes down to a simple matter of re-signing him or WR Dez Bryant.
Posted: 1/16/2015 4:47pm et
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray will be tough sign to a long-term extension if WR Dez Bryant is also signed, team owner Jerry Jones said Thursday, Jan. 15. Jones called the prospect of signing both players 'possible' but not 'financially reasonable.'
Huddle Up: Although Murray had a career season and played in all 16 games for the first time as a pro, if the Cowboys are forced to make a choice, they'll go with Dez and look for a cheaper option at what's proven to be the most interchangeable of skill positions in the league of late.
Posted: 1/13/2015 1:39pm et
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray, who will be a free agent this March, could receive a franchise or transition tag from the team if they reach a multi-year deal with WR Dez Bryant first. 'I'm not worried about my future,' Murray said. 'I just lost a big game, the biggest game of my life. Just not worried about it right now. Just relax with my family and get away from it for a little bit.'
Huddle Up: Murray was a true workhorse with 2,261 yards on a league-most 457 touches, including 393 rushing attempts. After opening the season with eight straight 100-yard rushing games, he did appear to tail off some with five 100-yard outings in his last 10, but you'd think the Cowboys are going to do everything possible to keep the band together after coming close to reaching the NFC title game.
Posted: 1/8/2015 8:16pm et
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand) has averaged 20 carries and 78 yards per game since breaking his hand Dec. 14 after averaging 25 carries and 121 yards per game in the first 14 contests of the season. Head coach Jason Garrett said any drop in carries for Murray isn't related to his hand, and the running back has proven that the injury hasn't hampered him. Murray's hand has felt good, and he won't change the hard plastic shell he's been using for extra protection this weekend against the Green Bay Packers.
Huddle Up: The Cowboys' last two opponents -- the Redskins and Lions -- both ranked in the top eight in terms of fewest fantasy points allowed to opposing RBs, but he should find the going a little easier against the Packers, who ranked 14th.
Posted: 12/29/2014 9:24am et
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray broke former Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith's single-season team rushing record with his 1,845-yard performance. Smith rushed for 1,773 yards in 1995. Murray finished the regular season with 393 attempts.
Huddle Up: Only a dozen more seasons like that and Murray will be right there alongside Emmitt in the NFL record books. It was certainly a big year for Murray as he finally stayed (mostly) healthy, and it came at the right time for his bank account as he's slated to hit free agency in the offseason.
Posted: 12/26/2014 7:01pm et
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand, illness) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 26, and is listed as probable for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Murray will certainly see some work Sunday but how much is certainly in question given his surgically-repaired hand and the Cowboys seemingly destined for the NFC's No. 3 seed barring some unlikely occurrences.
Posted: 12/24/2014 6:21pm et
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Dec. 24.
Huddle Up: Murray should be good to go after getting a healthy 22 carries last week, but there is doubt as to how much he'll actually play Sunday given that the Cowboys are fairly well locked into the No. 3 seed.
Posted: 12/22/2014 10:24am et
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand) was removed in the final moments of the first quarter of the Week 16 game against the Indianapolis Colts. He was seen grimacing in pain on the sidelines.
Huddle Up: Following Sunday's win over the Colts, Murray admitted his broken hand was "hurting throughout the game." He didn't catch a pass for the first time this season, but gutted out a 58 yards and a score on 22 carries. With possibly nothing on the line next week, don't expect Murray to see any action.
Posted: 12/20/2014 4:27pm et
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand) reportedly plans on playing this week despite a broken bone in his hand.
Huddle Up: Murray looks like he's going to give it a go against a Colts rush defense that allows 4.3 yards per carry. However, he could be running behind a line missing starters Doug Free and Zack Martin. Still, Murray is obviously a Top 5 fantasy RB as long as he's active.
Posted: 12/19/2014 3:29pm et
Updating previous reports, Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand) is likely to play in Week 16, according to a source. Murray has a high threshold for pain, and according to the source, the team left the decision up to Murray.
Huddle Up: Murray figures to play, barring a game-day announcement, and if he does, he certainly belongs in fantasy lineups even though backups Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar will likely see more work than usual.
Posted: 12/18/2014 3:33pm et
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand), who took some team snaps in practice Thursday, Dec. 18, is in no more risk if he plays in Week 16 against the Indianapolis Colts than if he sits out this week, according to head coach Jason Garrett. Murray had a plate and screws put into his broken left hand to stabilize the fourth metacarpal. He's been wearing a hard plastic shell on top of his glove for more protection.
Huddle Up: Murray is getting a test run in practice this week, and his status for Sunday remains up in the air, although things seem to be leaning toward him playing against the Colts. We'll certainly remain attuned to the situation with the rest of Fantasy Nation.
Posted: 12/17/2014 4:20pm et
Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand) wasn't expected to do a lot at practice Wednesday, Dec. 17, but he took first-team snaps at running back while wearing a pad on top of his left hand. Head coach Jason Garrett said the team wanted to see him work in practice to make sure he could carry the ball under duress. "You start with a plan and a vision for what you need to have there and then you just go through feedback, with DeMarco and the training staff, you try to get it to the point where it's functional and comfortable for him to go play," Garrett said of the added protection. "It's an evolution. They'll talk back and forth as the week goes on hopefully get something he's comfortable with."
Huddle Up: Sounds like the first hurdle has been cleared by Murray is his attempt to play this Sunday, but we'll have to keep monitoring the situation and see how Murray is progressing.
Posted: 12/16/2014 7:25pm et
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand) will likely be a game-time decision against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 16, according to owner Jerry Jones. Jones said the team is still evaluating Murray's status for this weekend. "I think we just want to take a look at it. We don't know," Jones said. "I'm not so sure, when they say the definition of healing, how much can heal between now and Sunday." RBs Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar will prepare for increased workloads if Murray can't play, and RB Ryan Williams could be activated off the practice squad.
Huddle Up: Complicating matters is that the game is a late-afternoon start, so hopefully, Murray owners have Joseph Randle ready to plug in.
Posted: 12/16/2014 2:32pm et
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand) has a good chance to play in Week 16 against the Indianapolis Colts despite having surgery on a broken left hand, according to owner Jerry Jones. However, Jones thinks RBs Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar can carry the load efficiently if Murray has to sit. Jones also added that Murray won't need to practice this week in order to play.
Huddle Up: Hey, we all know Cowboys' injury reports aren't official until Jerry weighs in with his medical prognosis.
Posted: 12/16/2014 10:43am et
Updating an earlier report, Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand) isn't risking further injury by playing in Week 16. The team believes he can play.
Huddle Up: Murray's magnificent season got you to your fantasy bowl; now you'll need Joseph Randle or one of your own bench players to get you the title.
Posted: 12/15/2014 3:14pm et
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand) suffered a broken bone in his hand during the team's Week 15 game and will undergo surgery Monday, Dec. 15, according to executive vice president Stephen Jones. Murray has not been ruled out for Week 16 at this point.
Huddle Up: It's awful news for Murray owners. Emmitt Smith suffered the same injury when he played and missed one game. Murray is set to face the soft Colts rush defense. If he can't go, Joseph Randle will likely get the start with Lance Dunbar getting work as the third-down back. Randle should be added in all formats right now. He would be an RB2 option this week if Murray can't play.
Posted: 12/10/2014 10:22am et
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray carried the ball a career-high 32 times in the Week 14 game against the Chicago Bears, and he also had a career-best nine receptions. He said he feels great, and the workload isn't a concern to Murray or head coach Jason Garrett. 'DeMarco is a guy who has shown he can handle the workload, both as a runner and a receiver,' Garrett said Tuesday, Dec. 9. 'He wants more. He never wants to come out of the game. He's a bell cow player and it doesn't look like he's slowing down at all to me. He feels great, he says he feels great and really looks like he's playing a very high level.'
Huddle Up: Especially with Tony Romo banged up, the Cowboys will need to lean on Murray down the stretch to make a playoff run. He hasn't shown signs of wearing down yet, but it's worth noting that the last player with 41 touches in an NFL game was Larry Johnson.
Posted: 12/5/2014 12:29am et
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray finished with 32 carries for 179 yards and a TD and nine catches for 49 yards in a 41-28 win over the Chicago Bears Thursday, Dec. 4.
Huddle Up: A season-high 228 total yards and a score is exactly what Murray's fantasy owners were hoping for against the defensively-challenged Bears. Condolences if you were on the other side of the matchup and find yourself starting a playoff weekend in a sizable hole.
Posted: 11/10/2014 10:03am et
Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (head) left to be evaluated for concussion in the Week 10 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London. However, he was able to return to the game and had rush attempts in the fourth quarter before RB Joseph Randle finished up.
Huddle Up: Murray was able to hit 100 yards exactly on 18 carries to post his 9th 100-yard rushing game in 10 outings this season. He also added 31 yards on a season high-matching 6 receptions, but the only downside for Murray's fantasy owners is that it was Randle who scored the Cowboys' only rushing TD of the game. Dallas is on bye next week, giving Murray a much-needed break after 280 touches to date.
Posted: 10/28/2014 1:36am et
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray became the first running back to reach 1,000 yards this season during the team's Week 8 game Monday, Oct. 27. He finished the game with 19 carries for 141 yards and four catches for 80 yards.
Huddle Up: Murray has now eclipsed 100 rushing yards in each of his 8 games and his 221 yards from scrimmage Monday night were the second-highest single-game total of his career. On the flip side, Murray failed to get into the end zone for only the second game all season and coughed up his fifth fumble of the year, but he still leads all fantasy RBs by a comfortable margin.
Posted: 10/20/2014 10:44am et
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray is the first player in NFL history with over 100 rushing yards in each of his first seven games to begin a season, surpassing Hall of Fame RB Jim Brown.
Huddle Up: Murray is having a remarkable season, capitalizing on the Cowboys' renewed commitment to the ground game and a line that features the teams' last three first-round picks
Posted: 10/16/2014 2:03pm et
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (illness) is participating in practice Thursday, Oct. 16.
Huddle Up: The league's leading rusher and top fantasy back caused a minor stir by sitting out Wednesday with an illness, but no worries here.
Posted: 10/15/2014 3:28pm et
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray is not participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 15, because he is believed to be sick.
Huddle Up: No worries, just a temporary illness and a well deserved day off for fantasy's top back.
Posted: 10/14/2014 11:37pm et
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray said he is not concerned about his heavy workload this year and isn't letting it affect the way he runs.
Huddle Up: Hey, so far so great for Murray, but -- again -- keep in mind that he's never played more than 14 games in a season or had more than 270 touches in a year. At his current rate of 30 touches per game, he's on pace for 480 this season.
Posted: 10/3/2014 1:05pm et
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray is unlikely to have his workload limited, in the opinion of beat writer Todd Archer. Archer believes the team will pick and choose their spots. If they have a big lead or are down by a wide margin, he'll be rested.
Huddle Up: Currently with a league-leading 99 rushing attempts through 4 games, Murray is on pace for a whopping 396 carries. He has never had more than 217 in any of his previous three seasons -- or played more than 14 games in a season, for that matter -- and it's a combination and track record that should concern Murray's fantasy owners. Complicating the issue is that there's no one true handcuff behind Murray with Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar likely to split the workload if he should miss time.
Posted: 9/30/2014 10:45am et
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray has 108 touches through four games. The team may try to taper his usage back in the coming weeks.
Huddle Up: That's a 432-touch pace for the season, a bit on the high side for a guy with an injury history like Murray's. Expect Dallas to find ways to lower that number, hopefully without limiting the effectiveness of the NFL's leading rusher.
Posted: 9/18/2014 7:07pm et
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray will return to the ball-carrying style he used in his first three seasons with the team when he lost only three fumbles. Murray has already fumbled twice in the first two games of this season while carrying the ball with his left hand. "You definitely make more plays when the ball is in your outside hand," Murray said, "(But) I just got to be smart about it and see what happens. Can't overthink it, so I'm not worried about it."
Huddle Up: The two lost fumbles have been the only negative for Murray, who leads the league with 285 rushing yards and 316 yards from scrimmage on 55 touches.
Posted: 8/13/2014 4:18pm et
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray is expected to receive most of the carries this season, but other running backs could also receive some snaps as part of a committee at running back, according to Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett.
Huddle Up: The key for Murray, as usual, will be staying healthy as he's missed 11 games over his 3 seasons in Big D. Last year, he played in a career-high 14 games and easily hit career highs in rushing attempts (217), receptions (53) and yards from scrimmage (1,471)
Posted: 7/17/2014 8:03pm et
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray said he is in good health as he heads into training camp. "I'm excited. I'm feeling great," Murray said. "Excited to get out [to training camp] and get things going."
Huddle Up: Murray is coming off a career year in which he finished 8th among all fantasy RBs with 207 points (1,121 rushing yards, 350 receiving, 10 total TDs) but he's missed 6 starts over the past 2 seasons and has an injury history dating back to his days at Oklahoma. That's the big ? keeping him from being a no-doubt elite fantasy RB this summer.