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August 20, 2013

Cowboys missing more than a running back while Lance Dunbar is out

The Cowboys are going to be without running back Lance Dunbar for at least two or three weeks while he recovers from a foot sprain. But they will be missing more than a running back.

Dunbar is perhaps the team’s top “gunner” in punt coverage. He was their fourth-leading tackler on special teams last year, and coach Jason Garrett said the second-year back was shining in all areas.

“Done a really nice job for us in all phases as a runner, as a receiver and as a pass protector,” Garrett said. “He’s showing up on special teams …  He’s been a runner in regular-type personnel groups. He’s been a runner on third down. He’s been a protector and a receiver on third down. He’s one of those guys that keeps surprising you.”

Dunbar was hurt in the Arizona game on Saturday, but Garrett said he was “not positive” when it happened.

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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