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December 05, 2012

Murray says he could have practiced, worked on conditioning instead, will be out there Thursday

Running back DeMarco Murray said he could have practiced Wednesday, but instead he worked on his conditioning and promised he would practice on Thursday.

“It’s my first game back, so they just wanted to be a little cautious about it,” he said Wednesday at Valley Ranch, where the Cowboys got started on their work week for Sunday's game at Cincinnati. “I feel fine. The foot is fine. I could have went, but they just wanted to be smart about it.”

Murray returned to action Sunday after missing six weeks because of a sprained foot. He got 27 touches, and he wore plates in his shoe.

“Yeah, I had three plates in my shoe and it was fine,” he said. “It was fine. The cleats were light, but after the plates, they were a little heavy, but it was fine.”

Murray said the workload surprised him a little.

“Coming in, I didn’t think I would get that much work, just the first game back, not playing for six weeks,” he said. “But the adrenaline got going, and I felt good, and I was doing well, so I wanted to stay out there.”

Murray said he gets a good feeling now that the offense is returning to health. Asked if he can see his value to the team, Murray said, “Everybody is valuable. When you have all your starters out there and you’re able to do certain things, it just makes the offense jell together and good things happen.

“Miles is playing, Dez is playing, everybody is playing. It’s good to have all of your puzzles out there and playing together. It’s good to have everyone out there.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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