DeMarco Murray Injury: Murray Returns to Practice for the Cowboys

Matt Schreiber@@schreiberstakeAnalyst IIINovember 8, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 13:  DeMarco Murray #29 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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DeMarco Murray returned to practice today but was limited to individual drills according to the Fort-Worth Star Telegram. While the article states it is unlikely Dallas' star running back returns this Sunday when his team travels to Philadelphia, it is still a good sign for the Cowboys. The chances of Murray playing in Week 11 versus the Cleveland Browns are becoming more and more likely. 

The Dallas Cowboys have been awful running the ball in Murray's absence. They have managed to rush for an average of 56.3 yards per game since Murray went down in Week 6 at Baltimore.

Through a little less than five games this year, the former University of Oklahoma standout has carried the ball 75 times for 390 yards and one touchdown, but 140 of those yards came in a Week 1 victory against the New York Giants. He has also added 17 receptions for 118 yards though the air. 

His numbers this year from a fantasy football standpoint aren't tremendous, considering last year in his rookie season he broke out with a 253-yard rushing performance in one game (almost two-thirds the amount of yards he's rushed for this year).

Considering the Cowboys have somewhat of an easy remaining schedule that features only one game against an opponent with a winning record (the Pittsburgh Steelers), getting Murray back sooner than later would help raise their chances of getting back into the playoff hunt.

Dallas currently sits at 3-5, which is way worse than anyone would have expected up to this point. But it's not too late for them to turn it around. DeMarco Murray has the chance to play an intricate role in making that happen.