DeMarco Murray’s chances of playing this week don’t sound good

AP

There’s some good news to report about Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray’s condition.

He’s stopped using the knee scooter he was using to get around last week as part of the recovery process from the sprained foot he suffered against the Ravens in Week Six. He’s now using crutches and coach Jason Garrett said that Murray’s health seems to be heading in the right direction.

“Hopefully he’s just progressing,” Garrett said, via Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com. “He’s moving around better, he’s in the meetings and we’ll just see where he is. We don’t anticipate him practicing (Wednesday), and we’ll see where he is going forward.”

All sounds good, until you remember that Murray still isn’t putting weight on his foot and that Garrett said that “the more time we give him, the better” in response to questions about Murray’s timetable for return. Watkins reports via a source that the Cowboys don’t believe he will be ready to play against the Giants this weekend, although you could have probably inferred that much from Garrett’s answer.

Felix Jones also didn’t practice on Wednesday, thanks to the knee bruise he picked up against the Panthers, but there haven’t been any signs he’s at risk of missing the Giants game.  Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar would be the other Cowboys running backs if Murray does wind up missing the game.