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DeMarco Murray back at practice

IRVING, Texas -- DeMarco Murray was not in a talkative mood Wednesday, but the Dallas Cowboys running back offered this assessment after his return to practice for the first time since Oct. 12: "Good first day."

Murray took part in a limited part of Wednesday's practice as he attempts to return to game action for the first time since Oct. 14 at Baltimore because of a sprained left foot.

Murray would not say if he will play Sunday against Philadelphia. The Cowboys want to see how Murray's responds to Wednesday's work with the hope to increase the snaps as kickoff approaches.

The Cowboys are unlikely to have cornerback Orlando Scandrick return this season. Scandrick said he will be out 6-8 weeks as he recovers from surgery to a broken left hand. The Cowboys have elected to keep Scandrick on the active roster for now with the outside possibility he could return if they make the playoffs.

Scandrick said he also suffered a bone bruise and sprained ligaments in his wrist when he was hit by teammate Anthony Spencer while making a tackle on Thanksgiving against Washington.

"I just want to come back and help my team any way that I can," Scandrick said Wednesday.

Also, center Ryan Cook (knee) and defensive end Sean Lissemore (ankle) returned to practice on a limited basis. Both said they should be ready to play in Sunday night's game against the Eagles.

"The trainers have placed me in precautionary measures," Cook said. "It felt good and I'm encouraged. Barring any setbacks, we're on (for Sunday)."

Wide receiver Miles Austin (hip) and left tackle Tyron Smith (ankle) were also limited, but they are expected to be available Sunday.
Running back Felix Jones (knee), nose tackle Jay Ratliff and center Phil Costa (ankle) did not practice.

Defensive end Jason Hatcher (concussion), wide receiver Kevin Ogletree
(concussion) and safety Danny McCray (hip) were able to take part in a full practice.

Rookie defensive end Ben Bass sprained an ankle in Wednesday's practice. He underwent an X-ray and his status for the rest of the week hasn't been determined.