DeMarco Murray returned to practice for the Dallas Cowboys for the first time since mid-October.
Murray, if you recall, suffered a foot injury in which he tore ligaments in his foot. In his absence, Felix Jones took over as the team’s feature back. In his defense, Jones didn’t do a bad job, but he didn’t do a stellar one either.
Murray being back at practice means he’s made enough progress that the training staff is comfortable with letting him get back on the field. While it doesn’t mean he will play on Sunday; at least now he’s practicing.
Also, practicing was Miles Austin who left the Thanksgiving Day game early on with a hip injury. Austin who has missed a lot of time the last two seasons with nagging hamstring injuries seems, at least to me, as if he needs to have some huge games statistically to warrant the huge paycheck he’s getting.
Not only that, but also to provide Tony Romo with some consistency at the wide receiver position and alleviate some of the coverage thrown at a surging Dez Bryant. I honestly feel that if Austin doesn’t start producing, and producing fast, he could be playing in his last season as a Cowboy.
The Cowboys are also hopeful that Ryan Cook and Tyron Smith can return to the starting lineup. Cook and Smith would bring some continuity to a makeshift offensive line, which has had Romo running for his life the last two games.
It would also lessen, or at least I hope it does, some of the woes in the running game. Needless to say, the Cowboys must win on Sunday, to keep their hopes of reaching the post-season alive, at least mathematically.