Jerry Jones on DeMarco Murray: 'We don't know'

IRVING, Texas -- Cowboys starting running back DeMarco Murray has missed the last four games with a sprained foot and his status is uncertain going forward.

Murray still has to pass some medical tests before he can practice and eventually play. With the Cowboys having their next two games over a five-day span, it'll be interesting to see if Murray plays.

After the Eagles game, Murray said he was hopeful he would play against the Cleveland Browns this Sunday.

Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones, however, said he wasn't sure when Murray would return.

"We don't know," Jones said Tuesday morning on his KRLD-FM radio show. "We're going to watch him today, tomorrow and Thursday and Friday and see what we've got. He's a physical running back. (With a) foot situation, you want it to ... be very comfortable for him to make his cuts. And that's the key word, cut. Hes got a little different perspective from other positions, and all of that has to be right there."

Letting Murray sit two more games might not be a bad thing. Cleveland ranks 27th against the run. And Washington, the Thanksgiving Day opponent, has the eighth-best run defense in the NFL.

If Murray returns vs. Washington, he'll get nine days afterward to get ready for a Dec. 2 game against Philadelphia.

"You got to look down the road here," Jones said. "We hope we're in this thing, and we need him on every play as we move forward, even beyond Cleveland."