The Dallas Cowboys received some wanted news this week as they prepare for their divisional rivalry battle with the Philadelphia Eagles. Star running back DeMarco Murray has returned to practice and is on schedule to play this Sunday, as the Cowboys host the floundering Eagles in prime time. Murray has not played since spraining his foot against the Baltimore Ravens on October 14th, and the Cowboys’ running game has largely struggled in his absence. Dallas has taken turns with Felix Jones, Phillip Tanner, and Lance Dunbar in his place, but none have proven to be capable starters like Murray can be when he is healthy. The Cowboys hope he is healthy enough to play, so they can regain a vital asset to their offense.
Without Murray and any semblance of a run game, the offense has fallen on the shoulders of Tony Romo. Dallas fans everywhere know that doing that is asking for trouble. Romo has shown time and time again he can make big plays, but too often he is forced into mistakes, or simply makes bad decisions. With opposing defenses being able to focus on him, he has already thrown 15 interceptions, just 4 off his career high. With 5 games to go, he is on pace to far surpass that number. This can be avoided, or at least subdued, with a more balanced offense, and that would be much more likely to happen with Murray’s return. I have been writing about the possibility of his return for a few weeks now, but this time it appears that Murray will give it ago to try to get the Cowboys back in the NFC East hunt. Stay tuned for more Cowboys news, and enjoy your week!