IRVING, Texas – DeMarco Murray is not exactly a grizzled veteran with only 18 games under his best, but coach Jason Garrett said the running back does not need a lot of practice work to make his game return from a sprained left foot.
It remains unlikely that Murray will play Sunday against Cleveland, but the door is at least slightly open.
“I think when he’s ready, he’ll be ready to go,” Garrett said. “You want to have good, quality practice work for him before he plays in a game, but he’s played a lot of football. He’s a smart guy. We have a lot of different thresholds for him, but he’s a guy that you could say he hasn’t practiced as much as everybody else but can still play in the ballgame.”
Murray said Wednesday this is the best he has felt since suffering the injury Oct. 14 at Baltimore. He went through on-field rehab Wednesday in a helmet and cleats, and Garrett hinted Murray could see some limited work in Thursday’s practice or continue to run on the side.
“We’ll see how he responds to that work and we’ll do some more with him today,” Garrett said. “Obviously we want to progress him to practice and playing as quickly as we can. At the same time we need to be smart with his injury.”