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Cowboys plan to work out three running backs to add depth

OXNARD, Calif. -- While the Dallas Cowboys will welcome Darren McFadden to the practice field for the first time today in training camp and should have Lance Dunbar (ankle) and Joseph Randle (oblique) available at least on a limited basis, the Cowboys will work out three running backs today.

According to sources, Ben Malena, who was with the Cowboys during training camp last summer and spent time on the Houston Texans practice squad last year, Michael Hill and Zach Bauman will get to show what they can in a bid to earn a training camp invite.

Gus Johnson, who started Thursday’s preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers, suffered a separated shoulder and is likely to be held out of contact for more than a week.

Of the three, Hill is the only one to have played in a regular-season game, appearing in eight of them for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers in 2013. He had nine carries for 23 yards and two catches for 23 yards for the Bucs. He was cut by the Washington Redskins last month.

Malena was let go by the Texans in May, but recently worked out for them.

Bauman spent time last year on the Arizona Cardinals practice squad before he was released in May. He is the all-time leading rusher at Northern Arizona. He had 16 carries for 49 yards in the preseason last year.