Cowboys star running back DeMarco Murray says he may be able to return this weekend to face the Cleveland Browns. Murray has missed four games with a strained foot, and the Dallas offense would surely benefit from his return. With Felix Jones and Phillip Tanner manning the running back position, the Cowboys have averaged less than 70 yards per game, and only topped 100 yards rushing once. The low point came in a 19 yard effort against the Giants, and Jones has committed costly turnovers in big moments of games. Needless to say, Murray would be a great improvement to this trend.
While he would like to return this weekend, Murray acknowledged that he wants to be smart about this injury and does not want to rush back and put the rest of the season in jeopardy. The Cowboys face a tougher than advertised defense in the Browns this weekend, but after that they get the Redskins and Eagles at home, both of which can be run on. If the Cowboys want to make a playoff push, they not only need to win this three game home-stand, they need to get their star running back off of the injury report and back on the field. Dallas can only afford to put so much of the offense on Tony Romo’s shoulders, as eventually the lack of balance will catch up to this offense. If Murray returns this weekend, expect to see a light workload with heavy doses of Felix Jones to spell him and keep him from getting worked too hard too soon.