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November 14, 2012

DeMarco Murray admits his chances of returning sooner rather than later are complicated by short week next week

DeMarco Murray admits his chances of returning to one of the next two games is complicated by the fact that the Cowboys play two games in five days. They host the Browns on Sunday before playing the Redskins on Thanksgiving Day.

“It does. Next week being a short week definitely kind of hurts me a little bit, not having that full week of practice and a full week to kind of let it heal a little more definitely hurts me a little bit," Murray said Wednesday. "But I’m just looking forward to this game, this week. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I got to continue to do stuff and improve with [the trainers and show] I’m ready to play and get some practice under my belt.”

Murray has not practiced since Oct. 12. He missed another practice day Wednesday.

Murray sprained his left foot in the first half of the Cowboys game against the Ravens on Oct. 14. He has missed the four games since.

“It’s been real tough," Murray said. "I’m a competitor. I definitely want to be out there with my teammates, helping them going through the good things and the bad things with them. Watching from the sidelines has been very difficult. But it’s all part of God’s plan. Everything happens for a reason. Just waiting, and hopefully I’ll get back out there soon.”

The Cowboys have been cautious with the injury, wanting to make sure it is fully healed before sending him back on the field. They do not want to risk a season-ending injury. But Murray said today is the best his foot has felt since the injury.

"It’s a tricky deal when you’re dealing with ligaments and things like that," Murray said. "It’s kind of like a scar. You got to let it heal. But I definitely feel very, very good about where we’re at right now.”

The Cowboys have had 91 carries for 270 yards in the four games Murray has missed. Murray still leads the team in rushing with 330 yards on 75 carries.

-- Charean Williams







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