FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Dallas Cowboys No. 2 running back Tashard Choice did not make the trip to Florida for the final preseason game against the Miami Dolphins with a bruised knee. Choice said he was being held out as a precaution and wouldn't say any more about his injury.
Choice had just returned to the Cowboys last week after missing nearly two weeks of training camp with a calf injury. The Cowboys were not planning on using their starters and it was uncertain if the team would play Choice if not for his injury.
In the Cowboys' 23-17 victory over the Minnesota Vikings last week, Murray and Choice made their preseason debuts as each recovered from injuries. Murray, in his first game since injuring a hamstring, finished with 32 yards on seven carries. Choice rushed three times for 14 yards, but had two long runs called back due to penalties.
Tanner and Miller are fighting for a roster spot and with no Choice in the lineup it gives the Cowboys' coaches a longer look at those two players.
Choice said he should be fine for the season opener Sept. 11 at the New York Jets.
Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com.