DETROIT – The Dallas Cowboys will be shorthanded again this week.
Running back DeMarco Murray has been ruled inactive for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. It is the second straight week that Murray has missed because of a knee injury.
He rushed for 428 yards and three touchdowns in the first six games. Rookie Joseph Randle, a fifth-round draft pick from Oklahoma State, is expected to start in Murray’s place.
Dallas also will be without defensive end DeMarcus Ware (thigh) and receiver Austin Miles (hamstring).
The Lions, meanwhile, will be starting undrafted rookie LaAdrian Waddle at right tackle in place of Corey Hilliard (knee).
Left tackle Riley Reiff, who was questionable because of a hamstring injury, is expected to start. Another offensive tackle, Jason Fox, is active after missing the last two games with a knee injury. Barry Richardson, who was signed earlier in the week because of all the injuries at tackle, also is active.
The Lions will have a new return specialist – presumably Jeremy Ross – because Micheal Spurlock is inactive. Spurlock apparently is healthy, but he has been largely ineffective in that role.
Ross was released by Green Bay earlier in the season after he failed to protect the ball properly on a couple returns. The Lions initially signed him to the practice squad before elevating him to the 53-man roster last week.