By Shawn Lealos

The Dallas Cowboys retook control of their playoff destiny with last weekend’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles. However, to hold on to it, they have to keep winning, and they have a tough home game this weekend with the Indianapolis Colts. Here is a look at the Cowboys vs. Colts injury report heading into the big matchup at AT&T Stadium.

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Dallas Cowboys

In the Dallas Cowboys win over the Philadelphia Eagles, DeMarco Murray was helping run the clock down through the power running game. It was at that time that Murray broke a bone in his hand. Murray finished the game and when he had the hand X-rayed, they found the break in the fourth metacarpal, which is the long bone under the ring finger. He had surgery on Monday and was back in practice on Wednesday.

Emmitt Smith broke the same bone in 1999 and missed a game following surgery. Terrell Owens broke the same bone while playing for the Cowboys, but thanks to the bye week, he did not miss a game. Eddie Lacy of the Green Bay Packers broke it in college and played in two more games at a high level before having surgery. Lacy said it was no problem since he carries the ball with the opposite hand, but he doesn’t know if he could have done it immediately following surgery.

Murray has never played a complete season without missing time due to injuries, and this could put his amazing 2014 season in jeopardy. He wouldn’t miss more than one game, but Murray said that he wants to play. Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones said that it looks optimistic that Murray will play this weekend, but it will be a game time decision. If Murray misses the game, Joseph Randle will take his place on running downs and Lance Dunbar will play on passing downs.

Josh Brent will likely miss another game as he struggles to return from his long absence after serving time in prison following a drunk driving accident killed his best friend and teammate Jerry Brown. Brent came back but quickly went down with a hurt calf. All other injured Cowboys should play, including linebacker Rolando McClain, cornerback Tyler Patmon and offensive lineman Zach Martin, who wasn’t even listed on the injury report despite missing time in practice this week.

Indianapolis Colts

The biggest loss for the Indianapolis Colts this weekend is wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, who missed practice this week with a hamstring injury. The Colts have the top ranked passing offense in the NFL, but it is Hilton who has become the star on the receiver corps. The Colts clinched the AFC South last weekend, and while they would still like to fight for home field, the word is that they would rather rest Hilton until he is ready to return rather than risk losing him for the playoffs.  If Hilton misses the game, expect both Donte Moncrief and Hakeem Nicks to get more looks.

Also missing practice this week was offensive lineman Gosder Cherilus, who has a groin problem. Strangely, he did not show up on the Colts’ injury report either, so his availability is unknown. Cornerback Vonte Davis (groin) and linebacker Erik Walden (knee) both practices in a limited capacity this week, but remain questionable.

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Injury Report

Dallas Cowboys

Probable

  • Jeff Heath (SS), Thumb
  • Rolando McClain (MLB), Knee
  • Tyler Patmon (DB), Knee/Ankle
  • Tony Romo (QB), Back
  • George Selvie (DE), Thumb

Questionable

  • DeMarco Murray (RB), Hand
  • Josh Brent (DT), Calf
  • Dekoda Watson (OLB), Hamstring

Indianapolis Colts

Probable

  • Josh Cribbs (RS), Rest
  • D’Qwell Jackson (LB), Rest

Questionable

  • Vontae Davis (CB), Groin
  • T.Y. Hilton (WR), Hamstring
  • Erik Walden (LB), Knee


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Shawn S. Lealos is a freelance writer who graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. He writes for a variety of national publications and has over 15 years of sports journalism experience. Follow Shawn on Twitter @sslealos. Examiner.com.