Cowboys RB Dunbar in walking boot, hopes to play in opener

Published Aug. 27, 2013 7:27 p.m. ET

IRVING – Lance Dunbar wasn't wearing his walking boot in the locker room on Monday but said he is still being advised to wear it. The second-year running back sprained his left foot during a 43-yard reception in Arizona on Aug. 17.

It was initially thought to be an injury that could keep Dunbar sidelined for three to four weeks, possibly preventing him from playing in the season opener on Sept. 8. The former North Texas standout said Monday that the training staff wants him to keep wearing the boot for a few more days and they will test him again on Friday.

"I'm not too concerned about it," Dunbar said. "It's getting better each and every day."

Dunbar said he still feels like returning for the season opener against the New York Giants is a realistic possibility.

During the Cowboys' first three preseason games, Dunbar rushed for 45 yards on eight carries and caught six passes for 83 yards. His explosive playmaking ability both rushing and receiving made him the popular pick to be Dallas' backup running back. It appears Phillip Tanner will have that role until Dunbar returns. Fifth-round pick Joseph Randle continues to be the team's No. 4 back.

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