DeMarco Murray was going to be the man this season for the Dallas Cowboys after having a breakout rookie year last season. But injures have sidelined him for much of the season. The Dallas Cowboys went to back up Felix Jones, who has also battled injuries and played through them.
After losing to the Atlanta Falcons in a close game, an irate Jerry Jones tried to get into the locker room but was locked out. And maybe in a moment of unsatisfaction Jones declared that Murray would return to the field against the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend. The Dallas Cowboys’ coaching staff has tried to calm down those claims and say Murray still has to pass some tests before he is cleared to play.
“The process you go through with an injury like that is you have different thresholds. He has to be able to do different things,” Garrett said, via the Dallas Morning News. “He has to be able to 10 times go up and down on his toes. Then, he has to be able to hop on his foot by itself without any pain. Then, he has to be able to jog. All that kind of stuff. So there’s a number of different thresholds that he has to get past before he can even practice. We obviously want him to practice before he plays in the game.”
Presently, Murray has passed some tests and failed others, but Garrett says he will have plenty of chances to pass the tests this week.
“He’ll have a lot more chances to pass them here in the next couple of days,” Garrett said.
Garrett, as well as Cowboys fans, want Murray back as soon as possible. Jon Machota of Dallas Morning News highlights the fact that the Cowboys are 7-0 when DeMarco Murray carries the ball 18 times or more in a game.
“I keep asking him, ‘Can’t you do that test again?’ Take it again,’” Garrett joked.