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DeMarco Murray is excited to practice

ARLINGTON, Texas – We should finally see the Cowboys’ third-round pick in a pair of shoulder pads Tuesday.

Running back DeMarco Murray is apparently finally ready to practice. He’s been sidelined by a strained hamstring suffered while training during the lockout.

“Never been more excited to practice in my life,” Murray tweeted Monday morning. “Can't wait till maƱana!”

Now that Murray is finally healthy, the Cowboys have to figure out in a hurry what kind of role he can play as a rookie. Murray’s versatility was one of the reasons the Cowboys were high on him, envisioning a player who could be a weapon on third downs as a pass protector, receiver out of the backfield and even occasionally as a slot receiver.

The question is whether Murray, who caught 157 passes for 1,571 yards and 11 touchdowns in four seasons at Oklahoma, can learn the offense well enough with only a few weeks of practice to contribute immediately.

“We’ll see,” Jason Garrett said last week. “We’ll find out quickly. It seems like he’s picking things up intellectually in the classroom. We’ll just have to see if he can translate it onto the field.”