Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs with the ball against Washington Redskins linebacker Perry Riley Jr. (56) at AT

DeMarco Murray expected to play?

Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray missed last week’s game with an MCL sprain he sustained in Week 6, and most MCL sprain take a few weeks to heal from. However, the oft-injured back was able to get some practice in yesterday, which created rumblings that he would be able to play this week. Cowboys official site beat writer Bryan Broaddus has already stated on two occasions that he expects DeMarco Murray to play this week, and you can count ESPN Dallas’s Calvin Watkins as another Cowboys beat writer who believes that Murray will play against the Detroit Lions.

Murray is one of the most injury-prone backs, and that may have led to the rumor stating that the Cowboys are having doubts as to whether or not Murray can be a feature back. When he’s healthy, Murray is very good, and he is enjoying a successful 2013 campaign. Murray currently has three rushing touchdowns on the season, an average of 4.7 yards per carry, and he has also made a nice impact in the passing game with 24 receptions.

Monitor Murray’s status closely this week, because there is always the chance of a setback when bringing back an injury-prone player sooner than their expected return date. We’ll see if he practices today too, and it is worth noting that Jerry Jones said on his radio show earlier this week that he “hopes” Murray can play.

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  • SmartThinking

    Murray will play because he’s watched Miles Austin. If Murray stays out another week and gives Randall and Dunbar another chance to play, he’s running the same risk Austin did with Williams and Beasley. Look what happened there! Murray May not be a rocket scientist but he’s by no means stupid. The writing’s on the wall for Murray. Just ask Austin.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      That sounds about right, because Murray’s rush to get back on the field and play seems to vindicate the report that the Cowboys are having some doubts as to whether or not Murray can be the RB long-term. I personally think Murray is a very good back when he’s healthy, and he’s clearly a more important player to the Cowboys than Austin. Part of that is due to the emergence of Beasley and Williams, who could make Austin fully expendable soon if they keep it up. I like Randle, but I don’t view Randle/Dunbar as nearly as good of a young duo as Beasley/Williams at this point in time.