Cowboys Breaking: Murray Getting Hand Surgery

IRVING - DeMarco Murray is undergoing surgery today to repair a broken bone in his hand, reports Cowboys COO Stephen Jones, adding that the MVP candidate may be able to play despite the injury.

After Sunday night’s 38-27 victory at Philadelphia, Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray downplayed the damage done to his left hand -- damage that required x-rays at The Linc.

But the x-rays showed a break of the fourth metacarpal (above the ring finger) and Cowboys COO Stephen Jones tells 105.3 The Fan that Murray is having surgery on Monday to deal with the injury. Jones added that Murray -- playing for a new contract and with a chance to reach the golden 2,000-yard mark -- has not been ruled out of the Week 16 home game against the Colts.

"DeMarco Murray has a broken bone in his hand," Jones said. "At the same time, he hasn't been ruled out. It's not something that if it responds well after surgery today, that he can't come back and play this weekend. It's probably a tough expectation to think that he can, but we'll see."

That game is critical for the 10-4 Dallas Cowboys as they try to protect their one-game lead on the Eagles in the NFC East. Murray will work with doctors, trainers and the equipment staff to create protection for the hand, but Dallas will also prepare to give time to Joseph Randle as an every-down-style back (he's got 34 carries for 237 yards and two TDs this year) and specialty back Lance Dunbar. If Murray is unavailable, Dallas could also activate practice-squadder Ryan Williams, the former Cardinals starter.

The Cowboys will also be monitoring ankle injuries sustained by starting O-linemen Doug Free and Zack Martin, both of whom say they will be ready for the Indy game.

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