Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs for a short gain during the first half against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys' DeMarco Murray returns to practice

The Dallas Cowboys have gotten some good news, running back DeMarco Murray is returning to practice this week. This is a good sign, but we still won’t know what capacity he participated in until later in the day. Murray has been recovering from a knee injury.

The Cowboys need Murray back in the line up. Without him, the Cowboys run game has struggled. Last week against the Detroit Lions, the Cowboys running backs rushed for 50 yards in the game. Rookie Joseph Randle, who has been primarily filling in for Murray, rushed for 26 yards on 14 attempts. That is less than two yards a carry.

Randle was better the prior week against the Philadelphia Eagles. In that game he carried the ball 19 times for 65 yards, an average of 3.4 yards per carry. In the game that Murray was hurt in, Randle carried the ball 11 times for 17 yards.

Murray has been a reliable back when healthy, he has 91 carries for 428 yards this season, an average of 4.7 yards per carry. The issue has always been his durability.

As of now, it looks like Murray is close to playing on Sunday.

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