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November 14, 2012

Murray again has his helmet for practice but still considered iffy for Browns

DeMarco Murray again was dressed and had helmet on the practice field Wednesday as the Cowboys began their work week, but it appears he will not participate in practice. He did the same thing last week and did not practice.

The running back, who has missed four games with a sprained foot, said Tuesday at a charity appearance that he was eager to get back as soon as possible and that he would “be back before you know it.”

A team source said Monday it was still iffy whether Murray would play against the Browns, and owner Jerry Jones said on his radio show Tuesday that the Cowboys want to make sure Murray is ready for games beyond Cleveland.

Coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday that next week’s compressed schedule is a factor.

“When he’s healthy, we’re going to give him a chance to play, and I guess the only thing you could say is we won’t have really full practices next week, so can you really evaluate him?” Garrett said.

Cornerback Mike Jenkins was not dressed for practice. Center Phil Costa, recovering from a leg injury suffered against Carolina, was not on the field and center Ryan Cook is not practicing because of a sore knee. Mackenzy Bernadeau is taking snaps at center.

Fullback Lawrence Vickers also was not present during the part of practice open to reporters.

The Cowboys had two practice-squad additions working: former Arkansas linebacker Jerry Franklin and former Utah defensive lineman Tevita Finau. Both went undrafted this year.

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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