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May 10, 2013

Rookie running back Joseph Randle limited until training camp but Cowboys not worried

Rookie running back Joseph Randle will be limited in workouts until training camp as he continues to rehab from thumb surgery. Randle, the rookie fifth-round pick who is supposed to come and share the load with starter DeMarco Murray, will be in a cast for six to eight weeks.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the team knew Randle’s situation when they drafted him. However, he said Randle won’t be completely idle. Randle will do some individual drills and get plenty of mental reps in minicamp and on field team activities leading up to training camp.

“It’s certainly a restriction on his thumb, but I think candidly there are a lot of things we can do out here in OTAs and get that thumb clubbed up and he’ll get a lot of work in, a lot of valuable repetition,” Jones said. And we made that decision when we drafted him. Was he going to be able to be ready and that is mentally as well, prepared, to get out here to camp and not have to make up all the lost time in OTAs? I think he will be.”

Whenever Randle gets back, he will be motivated to prove all the teams wrong that passed on him in the draft. He had expected to go as earlier as the third round but dropped to the fifth.

"I use my own motivation," Randle said. "I put things on my own mirror at home to let it drive me like that. Grind, keep grinding, a lot of teams passed up on me, but it's all good I'm just going to try and make the best of the situation that I'm in. I can't really be in a better situation maybe the wait was worth it."

-- Clarence Hill



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