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NFL roundup: Cowboys hope Murray can play Sunday


Running back DeMarco Murray could play Sunday for the Dallas Cowboys six days after surgery on his broken left hand.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told 105.3 The Fan in Dallas that Murray, the NFL’s leading rusher, would not need to practice to be cleared for Week 16. The Cowboys host the Indianapolis Colts at AT&T Stadium on Sunday.

There is confidence surrounding the team that Murray will be able to suit up. He has not fumbled in six games after five fumbles in the first seven games, but ball security was the biggest concern to coach Jason Garrett. The Cowboys (10-4) can clinch the NFC East if the Eagles lose Saturday at Washington and Dallas beats the Colts, one of three teams to clinch a playoff spot last week.

—Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman is likely to be fired at the end of the regular season, according to AM-670 in Chicago.

Citing a source, Dan Bernstein reported Tuesday via Twitter that team ownership met Monday when it was determined the second-year coach is likely to be fired. Per Bernstein, the fate of general manager Phil Emery is undetermined.

“We can’t sugarcoat it,” Trestman said after a 31-15 loss to the Saints dropped the Bears to 1-4 in prime-time games Monday. he Bears went 8-8 in Trestman’s first season but are 5-9 in 2014, near the bottom of NFL rankings in offense and defense. Chicago has lost six of its last eight games after losing four of six to end the 2013 season.

—Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy was placed on injured reserve with a neck injury on Tuesday, clearing the way for Robert Griffin III to start the final two games of tthe 2014 season.

McCoy was limited last week after straining his neck in a 24-0 loss to the St. Louis Rams on Dec. 7. McCoy was sacked six times in that game but relieved by Griffin in the fourth quarter. McCoy was back in the starting lineup last Sunday, but left a 24-13 loss to the Giants in the first quarter after going 4 of 7 for 39 yards.

Griffin was sacked seven times by the Giants. He has been sacked 24 times in the past four games plus two minutes — and one sack — of mop-up duty against the Rams.

—San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen is likely out for the season with a broken collarbone.

Alen, who had 77 receptions for 783 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games, was injured Sunday against the denver Broncos and continued to play with the cracked bone and an ankle injury.

The Chargers placed inside linebacker Donald Butler on injured reserve with a dislocated elbow. He was injured in a goal-line collision with quarterback Peyton Manning in Sunday’s loss.

—More than satisfied with his broadcasting headset, Jon Gruden eschewed a possible return to the sideline to remain in the ESPN “Monday Night Football” booth through 2021.

Broadcast partner Mike Tirico announced the contract at halftime of Monday’s game in Chicago. Gruden, who joined the network in 2009, now has a deal that runs concurrent to ESPN’s broadcast rights for MNF.

Gruden, a four-time sports Emmy nominee, was reportedly a strong candidate to become head coach of the Oakland Raiders for a second time, and his name regularly pops up in rumor mill and blog headlines at this time of year.

Gruden compiled a 100-85 record in 11 years as a head coach with the Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He won Super Bowl XXXVII in 2002 with the Buccaneers, who paid draft pick compensation and cash to trade for Gruden.

—Cornerback Ricardo Allen was signed to the Atlanta Falcons’ active roster from the practice squad.

Starting cornerback Robert Alford was placed on injured reserve following wrist surgery.

Allen was drafted in the fifth round (147th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Purdue and has been on the practice squad for all 15 weeks of his rookie season.

—Star quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Philip Rivers, Matt Ryan and Jay Cutler are among the 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award nominees.

All 32 teams selected their man of the year, qualifying them as finalists for the honor presented at Super Bowl XLIX at the NFL Honors show on Jan. 31.

Players are chosen based on their commitment to philanthropy and community impact. Three nominees will be selected as finalists for the award, named for the legendary Bears running back who died in 1999.

—The Tennessee Titans placed tight end Brett Brackett on injured reserve and signed tight end Matthew Mulligan on Tuesday to replace him.

The Titans also signed free agent quarterback Alex Tanney to the practice squad.

Brackett suffered a knee injury in the Titans’ loss to the New York Jets last Sunday. He played in seven games for Tennessee this year while moving between the practice squad and the active roster.

–The San Francisco 49ers signed linebacker Desmond Bishop to a one-year contract and placed wide receiver Kassim Osgood on injured reserve Tuesday.

The 49ers also signed tight end Xavier Grimble to the practice squad.

—The Jacksonville Jaguars signed defensive tackle Roy Miller to a four-year contract extension worth $16.2 million on Tuesday.

Miller has started 14 games this season and has 30 tackles and a sack. The 27-year-old spent his first four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the past two with the Jaguars. He has 194 career tackles and four sacks in six years in the NFL.

—The Oakland Raiders put linebacker Sio Moore on the reserve/injured list and signed cornerback Chance Casey from the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad on Tuesday.

Moore missed last Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs with a hip injury. He started 11 games at outside linebacker this season and had 112 tackles and three sacks.

—The New York Giants’ injured reserve list grew to 22 with linebacker Jacquian Williams and offensive lineman James Brewer ruled out of the final two games due to concussions.

Defensive tackle Dominique Hamilton was signed off the team’s practice squad, and offensive lineman Adam Gettis was signed off the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice squad. The Giants also added defensive tackle Thomas Gordon to their practice squad.

Williams led the team with 75 tackles before suffering a concussion against the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 9. The fourth-year pro started the first nine games at weak-side linebacker, but has missed the past five games.

—The Minnesota Vikings waived offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb on Tuesday, two days after the fifth-year veteran was beaten on a blocked field goal attempt in a 16-14 loss at the Detroit Lions.

Webb, a fifth-year veteran out of West Texas A&M, was playing in his first game of the season, and bowled over by Lions defensive tackle Jason Jones on a 26-yard field-goal attempt midway through the first quarter.

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