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(AP) — Cowboys running back and NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray has a broken hand that requires surgery. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones says it is difficult to expect that Murray will be able to play Sunday against Indianapolis.

Murray has 1,687 yards rushing and needs 87 yards to break Emmitt Smith’s franchise record of 1,773 yards. The 10-4 Cowboys need to win both remaining games to ensure the end of a four-year playoff drought. They finish the regular season at Washington after this week’s game against the Colts.

In other NFL news:

— Robert Griffin III is back as the starter for the Washington Redskins. The announcement by coach Jay Gruden is the fifth starting quarterback change made by the rookie coach this season.

— Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he’s taking a wait-and-see approach as to whether or not quarterback Cam Newton will play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Newton missed the second game of his career this past Sunday against Tampa Bay after an automobile wreck last week left him with two fractures in his lower back.

— Jaguars’ quarterback Blake Bortles has a sprained right foot and is questionable to play Thursday night against Tennessee. Chad Henne will start if Bortles can’t go.

—- The NFL Players Association has filed a federal lawsuit for Adrian Peterson, asking the court to dismiss an arbitrator’s decision to uphold the NFL’s punishment of the Minnesota running back. Peterson was suspended without pay for the remaining six games of this season by Commissioner Roger Goodell as a result of the child-abuse case that has kept the six-time Pro Bowl pick out of all but one game this year.


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