IRVING, Texas – DeMarco Murray was in uniform, wearing his helmet and participating in some drills during the media portion of practice on Wednesday.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean the second-year running back will return to the field when the Cowboys host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
While discussing how things are starting to go in the Cowboys’ favor, executive vice president Stephen Jones mentioned Murray in his answer.
“I think we are getting better, is the big thing,” Jones said Wednesday on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. “I think we’re starting to protect the ball. I think turnovers are starting to come our way and I think we’re getting healthier. We’ll get DeMarco Murray back probably here in a couple weeks.”
A couple weeks?
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday that Murray, who was not expected to practice Wednesday, still hadn’t passed all of the thresholds needed for him to return.
Murray has missed the last four games with a sprained left foot. The initial MRI showed ligament damage but no broken bones.
With the Cowboys having two games in five days, Murray may be held out longer than some expected. It’s possible that he won’t return until the Philadelphia Eagles come to Cowboys Stadium on Dec. 2.
In 18 games, the 24-year-old has rushed for 1,227 yards and three touchdowns. The Cowboys are 7-0 in games when Murray carries at least 18 times.
“It’s pretty encouraging to me that we are getting healthier and we got a chance to make a run now,” Jones said. “The other thing that’s encouraging is our schedule, especially the fact that we play five home games coming up here and obviously that can be very helpful to us.”