IRVING, Texas – For the first time since Oct. 12, DeMarco Murray will take part in at least a limited portion of a Cowboys’ practice.
Murray has missed the last six games with a sprained left foot suffered in the first half of a 31-29 loss at Baltimore on Oct. 14, but there is a shot he could play Sunday vs. Philadelphia. Murray expressed hope that he could play either Nov. 18 vs. Cleveland or Nov. 22 vs. Washington, but he was inactive for both games.
“We anticipate him taking another step forward and we’ll evaluate what that step is,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He’ll do more football today than he’s done up to the point, so we’ll see how he responds to that work.”
Even if Murray can play against the Eagles, expectations for the running game should not go through the roof. In five games, Murray had 330 yards and a touchdown on 75 carries, but aside from a 48-yard carry against the New York Giants in the season opener and a 93-yard half against the Ravens Murray struggled as well.
In three games against Seattle, Tampa Bay and Chicago, Murray carried 41 times for 106 yards.
“It’s a team thing,” Garrett said. “DeMarco’s been a really good runner for us over the last couple of years. When he’s been in the lineup we’ve run the ball. We’ve run the ball well. We’ve run it beter than we have when he’s out of the lineup.”