Aug 13, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Gus Johnson (37) runs for a touchdown during the second quarter in a preseason NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium.
SAN DIEGO — Cowboys undrafted free agent running back Gus Johnson separated the AC joint in his shoulder, head coach Jason Garrett revealed Thursday night in his postgame press conference. Garrett also stated that more tests will come on Friday to determine Johnson’s prognosis.
Top running backs in the Cowboys’ new running-back-by-committee, Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, and Lance Dunbar, did not play Thursday night against the Chargers. Randle suited up, but the coaching staff held him out, and he sustained a strained oblique earlier this week. McFadden and Dunbar did not dress, though did workout in pregame warmups at Qualcomm Stadium.
The Stephen F. Austin alumnus was penciled in as one of the Cowboys’ running backs when the club released veteran Ryan Williams on the eve of training camp in Oxnard. Johnson impressed coaches throughout camp, and he started at running back with the first team in San Diego. Johnson finished the game with 13 carries for 35 yards and a touchdown before his shoulder injury forced him from the game in the third quarter.
On Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings in Chicago, Cowboys Executive Vice President told Fox Sports Southwest that no matter the attrition in the running back corps, the club would not look to big name free agents such as Ray Rice and Chris Johnson to fill preseason needs.
"I still think we’re a ways off," Jones said. "If the right situation presented itself, then we’d certainly take a look at somebody. But right now, the list that we have out there would be more of an emergency list and not necessarily one that we look at and say, ‘Wow. This is the guy we can get who can make our team.’"
With McFadden still on the PUP list, ex-Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk is the fourth running back on the Cowboys roster. Seastrunk finished Thursday night with five carries for 16 yards.