Emboldened by what he saw in rookie Joseph Randle’s first career start last Sunday against the Eagles, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said this week that he intends on proceeding with some caution where DeMarco Murray’s return from a sprained MCL is concerned.
Randle put up 65 yards on 19 carries in Sunday’s 17-3 win, as well as 28 yards on three receptions. His impact, according to Jones, has given the Cowboys the option of bringing Murray back as slowly as the injury warrants.
“The reason being, Randle played exceptional for us,” Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. “He gives us confidence as we go into Detroit. We want to be a little careful about how fast we bring [back] Murray. ... We want to watch this because he’s got the type of injury that if he comes back too fast, he doesn’t have a tear there now, he doesn’t have an imperfection. If he tries and goes too early, then he could get an imperfection. That’s another world relative to how quick he’ll be back.”
Murray currently has 428 yards on 91 carries and three touchdowns on the year.
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