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Cowboys Big Win Produces Some Injuries To Its Running Game

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Injuries were incurred, but are they serious?

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The Dallas Cowboys weren't able to run the ball on the Philadelphia Eagles the way they have on most teams. Let's just hope that game doesn't prevent them from running on other teams in the future. Three Cowboys came away from the Philly game with injuries, the severity of each unknown at the moment.

Towards the end of the game when the Cowboys were trying to run some clock, they ran the ball three consecutive times for little gain. Sometime during that stretch, DeMarco Murray hurt his hand.

The league’s leading rusher had X-rays on his hand late in Sunday night’s win over Philadelphia. Owner Jerry Jones had no update after the game. When did the injury occur?

"Late," head coach Jason Garrett said. "Right towards the end of the game."

Maybe we'll get an update later today from Jason Garrett.

The Cowboys also had two linemen injure their ankles in the game. Doug Free's injury was significant enough that he had to sit out the second half while Jeremy Parnell took over. Free insists that his injury is no big deal.

Right tackle Doug Free exited early in the third quarter with a left ankle injury. Free, who fractured his right foot against Seattle in October and missed three games, was replaced by Jermey Parnell and never returned.

"It’s good," Free said after the game. "I’m fine."

"We’ll see what Doug’s status is," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "Obviously serious enough to keep him out of the game."

Rookie Zack Martin also hurt his ankle but played through it.

Zack Martin injured his right ankle early in the second quarter. The rookie right guard had his ankle re-taped and remained in the game despite limping at times. "I just have to get it checked out," said Martin, who was limping as he headed to the team bus after the game.

"I twisted it. We’ll see how it is." Is it a good sign that he was able to play through the injury? "I think that’s a good sign," Martin said.

The Cowboys still have plenty of work to do to make the playoffs. Next week's game comes against an explosive Colts offense, but a Colts defense that is 27th-ranked against the run. Dallas would sure like to be able to run the ball consistently to keep Andrew Luck on the sidelines. They need all these guys to be healthy.