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November 21, 2012

Cowboys plan to give Smith, Jones "every chance" possible to play Thursday vs. Redskins

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he plans to let left tackle Tyron Smith (ankle) and running back Felix Jones (knee) have “every chance” to play in Thursday’s game against Washington although both have been limited in practices this week. The availability of both loom as game-time decisions, with Jermey Parnell (left tackle) and Lance Dunbar (running back) in the mix to get their first career starts if neither can play.

DeMarco Murray, the Cowboys’ leading rusher, is expected to miss his sixth consecutive game with a sprained foot and the absence of Jones, who has started the last five games, could thrust Dunbar into the lineup.

But Garrett made it clear today that he will not rule out Smith or Jones until moments before Thursday’s kickoff.

“Neither of them did anything the last couple of days but they’ve stayed engaged with the game plan and we’re getting them treatment and we’ll see how they are. They’ll warm up before the game and we’ll see what their availability is,” Garrett said.

On Murray, Garrett said: “We’re not going to rule him out yet. But he’s making slow progress.”

Garrett said team trainers are still working to clear receiver Kevin Ogletree and safety Charlie Peprah for Thursday’s game. Both sustained concussions Sunday against Cleveland and must be cleared medically to play against Washington.

_ Jimmy Burch

 

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