News: Romo (back) is probable for Sunday's game against Indianapolis.
Impact: If Sunday's strong game against Philadelphia was any indication, Romo's back injury is entirely manageable at this point. He's having a brilliant season and it's hard to see why he shouldn't be ranked as a QB1 in what could be a looming shootout with Andrew Luck.
News: Murray (hand) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Indianapolis, ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer reports.
Impact: Despite the questionable tag, Murray is expected to start Sunday's game. With that said, it's reasonable to suspect that Murray won't have much of a presence in the Dallas passing game due to the broken bone in his hand. If Murray loses passing down snaps, Lance Dunbar would be the candidate to pick up the slack. While Dunbar is the receiving specialist behind Murray, Joseph Randle is likely the Dallas runner who would receive most of the carries if Murray surprisingly sits out.
News: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in an interview with KRLD-FM on Friday that he is "pretty positive" Murray (hand) will play Sunday against the Colts, NFL.com reports.
Impact: Murray is practicing on a limited basis Friday, and the optimism around his status continues to increase. However, head coach Jason Garrett acknowledged Friday that Murray's hand is causing some issues. "He hasn't done much with the ball in his left hand," Garrett said Friday. "He has a long way to go, we'll take it day by day, and we'll see how he is come game time." Murray figures to be a game-time decision Sunday, but the sense is that he'll play. However, the hand injury makes it likely that he won't reach the 30-carry mark that he has hit in the past two games. Expect to see more Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar than usual, even if Murray does play.
News: Murray (hand) is practicing again Friday and is expected to do about as much as he did in Thursday's limited workout, Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com reports.
Impact: This is another step in the right direction for Murray, though the fact that he is expected to be limited once again is a reminder that he is still not a lock to play Sunday. The broken bone in his hand will have to be protected somehow, which could limit his ability to carry the ball in that hand or increase his propensity for fumbles. We'll have more information after the Cowboys release their official injury designations.
News: Murray is listed as questionable against Indianapolis after the NFL rushing leader did some work in practice this week for Dallas with a broken left hand. Murray has 1,687 yards rushing and needs 87 to break NFL rushing leader Emmitt Smith's franchise record of 1,773.
Impact: Murray went through individual drills Wednesday before expanding his role in workouts Thursday and Friday. He says he will ultimately decide whether to play on Sunday. The NFC East-leading Cowboys (10-4) can wrap up a playoff berth if they beat the Colts (10-4) and Philadelphia loses to Washington. But Dallas could miss the postseason with a loss in one of two remaining games if the Eagles beat the New York Giants and Redskins.