Dallas Cowboys News, Rumors: Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, Jerry Jones, Doug Free

December 15, 2014 Last Updated: December 15, 2014

The Dallas Cowboys play the Indianapolis Colts in Dallas next Sunday. Here’s some of the latest updates:

 

Murray gets surgery, not ruled out next week

DeMarco Murray suffered a hand injury against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

He was forced to undergo surgery to repair a broken bone, coach Jason Garrett said, per ESPN.

“The biggest question we have to ask ourselves is, is he functional to do his job?” Garrett said. “Can he hold the football? Can he carry it under duress? Can he block? Can he do the things necessary to play the position?

He hasn’t been ruled out versus the Indianapolis Colts next week.

“He’s as strong-willed and as determined an individual as I’ve ever been around, and if anybody has a chance to come back, he does. So let’s take first things first and see how the surgery goes, and we’ll make our best decisions from there,” Garrett said.

The injury came late in the fourth quarter against the Eagles.

Dallas would then rely on RBs Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar if Murray is out.

“We have a lot of confidence in those guys,” Garrett said.

“Obviously we like to give them opportunities in games to spell DeMarco and just to give those guys a shot. I thought last night was a good example of how those guys consistently take advantage of those opportunities. Joseph got a couple of carries and was productive with his. I felt Lance did a really nice job in that game, at the end of the game handling the football and just doing some good things and making some good runs. They weren’t splashy runs but they were real positive runs in critical moments of that ballgame.”

Gov. Christie gets backlash

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got backlash for appearing in the owner’s box with Jerry Jones in Philadelphia on Sunday.

Christie has said he’s been a longtime Cowboys fan.

“I’m a Cowboys fan, and I’m sitting with the owner of the Cowboys, and the Cowboys score a touchdown. What am I supposed to do, do the Mount Rushmore routine and stare straight ahead?” he told Philly.com.

If the Eagles had won, he added, “you wouldn’t have heard anything about it.”

Christie, born and raised in New Jersey, said that he grew up a fan of Roger Staubach, the Cowboys quarterback.

Ex-Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said Christie is “pathetic” for being a fan of Dallas.

“If you are a Jerseyite or a Pennsylvanian and you’re rooting for the Cowboys, it means you’re not secure in yourself and you wanted to root for a team that was a team in your youth that was a constant winner,” Rendell said, per Philly.com.

More injuries

Cowboys linemen Doug Free and Zack Martin suffered ankle injuries versus the Eagles.

According to the Dallas Morning News, “I just have to get it checked out,” said Martin. “I twisted it. We’ll see how it is.”

He played through the injury. “I think that’s a good sign,” Martin said.

Free also said that he’s OK. “It’s good,” Free said. “I’m fine.”

“We’ll see what Doug’s status is,” Garrett said. “Obviously serious enough to keep him out of the game.”