The Dallas Cowboys took a big step to securing playoff football with a road win against divisional rivals the Philadelphia Eagles in front on the Sunday Night Football cameras.
With their big names turning in big performances the Cowboys Nation know that two more wins will secure them postseason football for the first time since the 2009 season.
The positivity surrounding the franchise took a hit on Monday afternoon however with the news that stud running back, and player of the season so far, DeMarco Murray has undergone unexpected surgery - putting his status for the Cowboys' upcoming games in serious doubt.
"It's probably a tough expectation to think he can, but we'll see."
Murray, whose exceptional running stats have been an integral part of the Cowboys' 2014 success, injured his hand late on against the Eagles. He initially attempted to quell fears about the issue, but clearly the injury has proven more serious than first expected.
Dallas Cowboys COO Stephen Jones broke the news that Murray would undergo surgery this week, confirming his status moving forward was immediately in question.
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"Obviously, DeMarco Murray has a broken bone in his hand," Jones explained to KRLD-FM.
"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 he can, but we'll see."
Jones was clearly attempting to put a positive spin on the surgery but ,with just five days between going under the knife and the Cowboys' crunch game against the Indianapolis Colts, Murray's chances of playing look limited at best.
Murray, like teammate Tony Romo, has a history of injury concerns. The stud running back has though managed to keep injury free during the 2014 season and has developed into one of the top backs in the NFL.
Rushing for 1,687 yards and 11 touchdowns on the year Murray's unavailability for any period of time would severely impact the Cowboys' chances of snagging a playoff spot.
His work horse role would likely be filled by back ups Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar but with Murray having had 72 touches over the past two games there are few - if any - running backs in the league who could do his role.
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