Jason Garrett cautious on DeMarco Murray

IRVING, Texas -- After Sunday’s win at Philadelphia, Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray expressed hope that he could play this week against Cleveland, but coach Jason Garrett was more cautious Monday.

Murray has missed the last four games with a sprained foot suffered in the first half of the Oct. 14 loss at Baltimore. He has made the last two road trips despite the injury. Last Thursday, he had his helmet and cleats on for a rehab session but did not practice.

“There are a lot of different thresholds he has to get over,” Garrett said. “We keep asking him to take those tests, but he’s certainly making progress and we’ll see how he does. He was on the field last week (for one day) moving around, so we’ll just see how he is over the next couple of days and hopefully he can do something on Wednesday.”

The schedule could factor in the team’s decision to play Murray with two games in a five-day stretch with Washington visiting on Thanksgiving.

Garrett has said that Murray would have to practice before returning to the field. Despite missing the last four games Murray remains the Cowboys’ leading rusher with 330 yards on 75 carries.

"I just want to play," Murray said after Sunday’s game when asked about watching the last four games. "It's so hard (not playing). But when you win, it's easy. Now you got a break."