Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on his radio show Tuesday that he hopes running back DeMarco Murray can return to practice this week and possibly play against the Detroit Lions Sunday after missing the Eagles game with a sprained knee.
But Jones, citing the Cowboys depth at running back, said the team will be cautious Murray as well as defensive end DeMarcus Ware, who missed the Eagles game with a quad strain.
Both players ran Monday and are improving but Jones said the Cowboys plan to err on the side of cautioun. He said they can be conservative with Murray because of the strong performance from rookie Joseph Randle against the Eagles and the expected return of Lance Dunbar, who missed the past two games with a hamstring injury. He Cowboys are not so strong at defensive end, which could factor in the Ware decision.
“We hope that Murray will get to practice this week. But we don’t know until we see,” Jones said. “They all had good Mondays. Monday is when they come out, generally, if they’ve been out a week, they’ll really stretch out and be a little aggressive in their running. All these guys ran good Monday, so we’ll see how it goes. We will be guarded as to how we bring all of these guys along.
“We are good shape at running back," Jones continued. "The reason being, Randle played exceptional for us. He gives us confidence as we go into Detroit. We want to be a little careful about how fast we bring [back] Murray. I wish were in that good shape at defnesive end regarding Ware. We want to watch this because he’s got the type of injury that if he comes back too fast, he doesn’t have a tear there now, he doesn’t have an imperfection. If he tries and goes too early, then he could get an imperfection. That’s another world relative to how quick he’ll be back.”