The Dallas Cowboys are without starting running back DeMarco Murray, who has been dealing with a sprained ligament in his knee, so they have been forced to turn to rookie Joseph Randle to carry the load.
Last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, Randle had a solid performance in his first start, which has drawn praise from team owner Jerry Jones.
“We hope that Murray will get to practice this week,” Jones said during his weekly radio show, via the team’s official website. “We will be guarded as to how we bring all of these guys along. The reason is being, Randle played exceptional for us. He gives us confidence now as we go into Detroit. We want to be real careful with how fast we bring (back) Murray. Now Murray is a difference-maker, don’t get me wrong. We’re also going to have Dunbar. So we’re good shape at running back.”
Randle will likely get the start again this week against the Detroit Lions, but he will have some added back up with the return of Lance Dunbar.
As for Murray, he is hopeful that he can play this week, but we doubt that it will come in a full role if he is cleared.