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Expect Murray to Play on Sunday

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    Common logic would suggest the chances of DeMarco Murray playing a football game in the NFL on Sunday are probably pretty low — close to zero, in fact.

    But logic can't be counted on in situations like this.

    Murray broke a bone in his hand on Sunday night, had surgery on Monday, and now is making it a near assumption he'll try to give it a go this Sunday when the Cowboys host the Colts with their season on the line.

    And truth be told, it makes a lot of sense.

    Murray has been an injury-prone runner dating back to his time in college at Oklahoma, where he missed several big games for the Sooners. Until this year, Murray hadn't played a full season for the Cowboys and missed big games when they could've used him due to injuries.

    This season, Murray is finally healthy and the results are showing he's an elite running back as he's on a near-record pace for workload by a running back this year.

    Emmitt Smith was known for his toughness and warrior mentality, and he suffered the same injury and had the same surgery back in 1999. He was expected to miss three to six weeks and missed one. That was 15 years ago. You have to figure that medical and technological advances can find some kind of suitable protection for Murray's hand, which mind you, is his left hand when he carries the ball exclusively in his right hand.

    On Tuesday, Murray was at the team facility with his hand wrapped and told reporters he felt "great."

    With Murray's history of missing some big games and with his free agent contract status approaching and, most importantly, with the magnitude of this upcoming game on Sunday, you can expect if it's at all possible for Murray to play, he will.