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November 29, 2012

Cowboys getting sense Murray will play, but don't want to think that solves everything

It looks more and more like the Cowboys are going to get DeMarco Murray back in time for Sunday’s game against Philadelphia.

But the Cowboys don’t want to think that will be a cure-all for their running problems.

“He’s a dynamic back, there’s no question about that,” tight end Jason Witten said. “But again, we can’t expect him to be something more. We’ve got to give him holes and opportunities to run the ball. Obviously, that’d be a spark for us, getting a player like that. He does do a good job after he gets hit and getting north and south, getting positive yards, so you’ve got a good down-and-distance situation.”

Murray did not speak to reporters Thursday, and he was listed as being limited in practice. But the locker room at Valley Ranch was buzzing with the sense that he was going to play.

“Yeah, I’m hopeful. I’m hopeful,” offensive line coach Bill Callahan said.

“If he’s ready to go, it will be a boost,” quarterback Tony Romo said.

Still, Witten said it will be up to the Cowboys to help Murray and themselves in his return.

 “More than anything, we need to get hats on hats and get holes open so that we are more consistent with our running game and more neutral with our attack,” he said. “It’s hard to get into that situation like we had last week against Washington. We have to be more consistent and if we’re able to do that, it’s going to give us a better chance to win. Obviously, he helps us a lot.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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