With all the terrible injury news the Dallas Cowboys has had this year, today may have been one of the better days on that front. DeMarco Murray was able to put pads on and practice for the first time since injuring his foot in mid-October.
ESPN Dallas reports that Murray was only listed as a limited participant today, but that’s better news than we’ve heard in a long time. Getting Murray back in the fold would help the Cowboys’ running game and may give the offense an extra boost with the Cowboys’ season on the line in the next five weeks.
Other good news from the injury report: Sean Lissemore, Jason Hatcher, Miles Austin and Ryan Cook all participated in practice, as well as Kevin Ogletree.
Lissemore also hasn’t played since being injured in the loss to the Baltimore Ravens in October and getting him back would be a huge help to the Cowboys’ defense. The nose tackle position is currently filled with injuries since Jay Ratliff missed practice with a groin injury and Josh Brent is playing with torn ligaments in his pinkie.
Getting Austin back will help the Cowboys’ passing game and even though Ogletree returned to practice, I believe the Cowboys would be much better off sticking with Dwayne Harris and Cole Beasley before allowing Ogletree back on the field. Austin was only available for rehab work and did not take part in position drills.
If center Cook is able to play this week, that will help the Cowboys’ running game as well. It will allow Mackenzy Bernadeau to move back to guard and if Tyron Smith is able to make it back, the Cowboys’ offensive line would almost be back to whole again.
Those missing practice included Ratliff and Felix Jones.
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