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December 03, 2013

Jerry Jones calls Dunbar 'a real loss for us,' says in hindsight, Cowboys should have used him more

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on hindsight, Lance Dunbar should have been “forced” into the lineup more, but the second-year running back’s contribution on Thanksgiving Day alone helped.

“You can look back now and say this guy should have been really forced into the lineup earlier,” Jones said Tuesday on his weekly radio show on KRLD 105.3 FM “The Fan.” “But we were glad to get what we got out of him on Thanksgiving Day. It helped us.”

Dunbar had a career-high 82 yards last week against the Raiders, but he hurt a knee in the fourth quarter and will miss the rest of the season. It wasn’t his first injury this year. He also had a sprained foot in preseason and a hamstring injury in October.

“By the time he came back and got healthy, we would try to put some packages in for him and we wouldn’t get to the packages in the ballgame,” Jones said. “And that happens. And the circumstances of the games, they just didn’t allow us to do it. … A lot of that has to do with how well Murray’s playing, and so you add all of those things together and use a little hindsight, and you see where you might have used him more.”

Jones said the Cowboys worked out “about seven” running backs Tuesday and that they will add a player or two who can play fullback, also.

“We’ll have a challenge to really even approach what we’ve lost in Dunbar,” Jones said. “It’s been said, and you guys know it, Dunbar has some aspects to him that can light up and inspire an offense like he did the other day. And he’s been that kind of player. He was at parts of last year. We were excited about him in the offseason. He’s a real loss for us.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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