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DeMarco Murray looks likely to play for Dallas Cowboys in Week 16

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On the eve of their Week 16 contest against the Indianapolis Colts the Dallas Cowboys are in a position to secure postseason football for the first time since 2009.

The 2014 incarnation of 'America's Team' are just one win off equaling the 11 victories managed in that 2009 season (their last winning campaign), but their place in the playoffs this time round is by no means a sure thing.

That's why, with the team likely needing to win both of their two remaining games to extend their time on the gridiron past the regular season, reports suggesting DeMarco Murray is set to play on Sunday will delight all those involved in the Cowboys camp.

NFL Insider's Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport have both cited sources today who believe that Murray is more than likely to suit up for Dallas less than one week after undergoing surgery on his left hand.

The running back told reporters recently any participation would be his decision, and it looks like he is only leaning one way.

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Key factor

Murray has been in relentless form this season, rushing for a league-high 1,687 yards in 2014 - more than 500 more than his closest rival for the honor. His 11 touchdowns is also a league best for RBs and his explosive play, alongside an exceptional Cowboys offensive line, has been a major factor behind Dallas' 2014 resurgence. 

Having avoided injury up to this point it was therefore understandable that Cowboys fans have been holding their breath on murray's status in the run up to their crunch game vs the Colts.

All signs though point to the star lining up for the franchise.

Owner Jerry Jones, who drew criticism earlier in the season for seemingly exerting extreme pressure on Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo to return to the field vs the Redskins despite a back injury, also added his voice to those speaking positively on Murray's chances.

Playoff picture

The Dallas Cowboys currently sit atop the NFC East after a big win over the Philadelphia Eagles and will keep that spot if they win out against the Colts and Redskins. Lose either though and the Eagles have the opportunity to usurp Dallas' spot at the top. 

With the Wild Card picture so congested that could leave the Cowboys on the outside looking in. Having the ability to call up DeMarco Murray for the run in then is a much needed boost.

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