Dallas Cowboys

Jerry Jones: Not ‘unrealistic’ for DeMarco Murray to play Sunday

Jerry Jones isn’t ready to rule DeMarco Murray out of Sunday’s game against the Colts.

Jones said it’s not “unrealistic” Murray could play even after undergoing hand surgery on Monday. Murray broke a bone in his left hand late in last week’s game against the Eagles, and it required surgery. It’s a similar injury that Emmitt Smith had in 1999, when he missed only one game.

“I’m not so sure how much can heal between now and Sunday,” Jones said on his KRLD-FM radio show. “And I haven’t been shown examples of where someone has had an injury like this. It’s not uncommon – I’m not saying it’s an everyday occurrence – but it’s not uncommon for a back to have a hand injury. They do take some hits on that hand.

“It’s conceivable to me. It’s not unrealistic to me that it could work with him being ready.”

Murray could wear a protective pad on his hand that allows him to play through it. Additionally, he carries the ball mostly in his right hand, which means fumbling shouldn’t be as much of a concern.

Coach Jason Garrett said the decision is going to come down as to whether Murray can be “functional” on the field. Jones said it could be a “gametime” decision on Murray, depending on how his hand progresses throughout the week.

If Murray is not cleared to play, the Cowboys will rely on backups Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar. They’d also likely call up Ryan Williams from the practice squad, so they would have three active running backs.

“We’ve got some very good backup players here, good insurance,” Jones said. “And I’ll tell you Randle will make, without a question, will make a good accounting of himself. He’s got some special skills. I think he’ll be good on his [pass] protection. And these guys can catch the ball now. So, we’re not dismissing Murray’s absence as much as I am talking about how these guys give me a good feeling going into the game.”