PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 14: DeMarco Murray #29 of the Dallas Cowboys is tackled during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 14, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

DeMarco Murray, whose workload for the Dallas Cowboys has been a topic of conversation since the first month of the season, has a broken bone in his hand and will undergo surgery, Dallas reports. Murray played the entire game on Sunday night at Philadelphia, helping the Cowboys to a 38-27 win. Murray had 81 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries.’s Todd Archer reported that Murray had a broken fourth metacarpal in his left hand, the long bone that goes from the base of the fourth finger to the wrist. The report said Murray has not been ruled out for this week’s game. The Cowboys host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. If he does play, it will be interesting to see if he can perform all of his duties in the passing game with one good hand. Murray has a staggering 351 carries this season, and he has been tremendous for the Cowboys. He has 1,687 yards, which leads the NFL. Dallas took a huge step toward winning the NFC East on Sunday night. The Cowboys are now 10-4 and lead the Eagles by a game in the division. The Cowboys weren’t expected to compete for a division title coming into the season, but Murray’s play has been a main reason they’re in position to win the NFC East. Murray is also scheduled to become a free agent after the season. While his durability has been remarkable, given how many touches he has received, now the Cowboys have to worry if he’ll lose any effectiveness as they are closing in on a playoff spot. – – – – – – – Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email

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