Cowboys' RB plan takes another hit with Christine Michael release

IRVING, Texas -- Among those expected to play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, undrafted wide receiver Lucky Whitehead is the Dallas Cowboys' second-leading rusher.

He has five carries for 37 yards.

On Tuesday, the Cowboys cut Christine Michael, who had 15 carries for 51 yards in six games following his trade from the Seattle Seahawks.

On Nov. 3, the Cowboys cut Joseph Randle, who was facing an NFL suspension and was dealing with personal issues. He had 76 carries for 315 yards and four touchdowns and was trolling his former team on social media over the weekend.

On Oct. 11, Lance Dunbar (five carries, 67 yards) was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.

Technically, Matt Cassel is the Cowboys’ second leading rusher with 66 yards on eight carries, but he will go to the bench with Tony Romo returning to action after an eight-week break because of a broken left collarbone.

Think about that for a second.

The Cowboys are going with Darren McFadden as their lead running back and he has played a full season just once in his career. He has 130 carries for 494 yards and two touchdowns this season and was limited to 32 yards on 17 carries in last week’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The only other tailbacks currently on the Cowboys’ 53-man roster are Rod Smith and Trey Williams. Smith was claimed off waivers from the Seahawks on Oct. 14. Williams was signed off the Washington Redskins' practice squad on Nov. 4.

Smith had two carries for Seattle but has just 10 snaps of action in three games. Williams has been inactive the last two games.

It’s certainly a novel strategy the Cowboys are employing at running back in their DeMarco Murray replacement plan.

The Cowboys hoped Michael would be able to provide some help, but he never got comfortable in the system and the coaches never felt comfortable enough to use him. Because he was on the roster for 10 weeks, the Cowboys will give up their seventh-round pick to Seattle next spring.

Undoubtedly, the Cowboys will have to add a running back and one who can contribute immediately.

Could the Cowboys really go with Smith, who did not play a snap, and Williams, who has been a Cowboy for less than a month?

Anything seems possible with how this year has gone.