Is hope rising for DeMarco Murray's return?

IRVING, Texas – For the first time in weeks there is a ray of hope from the Cowboys that DeMarco Murray could play after missing six games with a sprained left foot.

Executive vice president Stephen Jones was not sure Murray would play Sunday against Philadelphia at Cowboys Stadium, but he did not dismiss the possibility either.

“Feel better than the past weeks, absolutely,” Jones said.

Murray has not played since getting hurt Oct. 14 at Baltimore. Leading into the Nov. 18 game against Cleveland, Murray said he had a good chance of playing against the Browns or Washington on Thanksgiving, but he remained a spectator, in part because of the short turnaround between games.

The Cowboys had a short walkthrough session Monday and will return to work Wednesday to get ready for the Eagles. Murray has been on the practice field only four times since getting hurt and that was to go through on-field rehab.

“He’s chomping at the bit to play and we just have to be patient with him and make sure that he’s doing everything necessary before we put him in a situation to practice and then play in the ballgame,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s certainly made progress the last few days.”

Despite missing six games, Murray is only five yards behind Felix Jones as the Cowboys’ leading rusher. Jones, who has been slowed lately by injuries to both knees, has 335 yards on 94 carries. Murray has 330 yards on 75 carries.