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DeMarco Murray sits out practice with a “hamstring tweak”

DeMarco Murray, Bernard Pollard, Cary Williams AP

Any time football players get on the field, there’s a chance of injury.

That includes offseason workouts and OTAs, although aches and pains from May rarely wind up meaning that much. The exceptions are the serious injuries, of course, and injuries for players who have histories that make any physical setback reason for concern.

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray would fall into the latter group. He’s missed nine games over his first two seasons, including six last season with a foot problem, and had his fair share of injuries in college as well. That backdrop made word that Murray missed the first day of Cowboys OTAs with what coach Jason Garrett described as a “hamstring tweak” jump out more than it might for another player.

Garrett said, via the team’s website, that the team was taking a conservative approach with Murray because there’s no sense in doing anything else in May. He’s right, although that won’t do much to quiet concerns about the Cowboys offense should Murray wind up missing any significant time. Philip Tanner, Lance Dunbar and rookie Joseph Randle represent a big drop from Murray and the team will need a more effective running game to snap their playoff drought in 2013.

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29 Responses to “DeMarco Murray sits out practice with a “hamstring tweak””
  1. bhindenemylines says: May 21, 2013 4:40 PM

    The Boys need a new head trainer that specializes in hamstrings. Austin alone has had his “tweaked” at least 10 times in the last 4 years. And last year a few other players missed games for the same injury. Whatever happened to stretching and warming up before practice?

  2. souljalb says: May 21, 2013 4:41 PM

    Yep…he won’t be draft to my fantasy team

  3. unbiasfan says: May 21, 2013 4:42 PM

    This dude is as soft as Darren McFadden & Michael Vick combined

  4. mazblast says: May 21, 2013 4:43 PM

    Already, huh? He reminds me of what a manager said of one baseball player back in the 1980s–

    “Great guy, fine player. Just can never get him on the field.”

  5. dirtydrynn27 says: May 21, 2013 4:50 PM

    What a bum!!! He goes well with that over paid Int Thrower!!!

  6. khmerson562 says: May 21, 2013 5:05 PM

    Good thing the boys drafted Joseph Randall. They’ll be fine.

  7. Shinnbone says: May 21, 2013 5:06 PM

    Is she ever gonna get back on the field?

  8. mrposey5 says: May 21, 2013 5:07 PM

    Already?

  9. guyljr says: May 21, 2013 5:13 PM

    It’s an OTA.. The sore thighs I have from throwing cornhole would make me sit out. Relax. Now if it was Miles’ hammy that would be a story.

  10. cpo187 says: May 21, 2013 5:27 PM

    That sucks. These things tend to linger and recur throughout the season.

  11. igster1 says: May 21, 2013 5:32 PM

    there has to be a good running back free agent. come on jerry everybody else is loading up.

  12. fanofmediocrity says: May 21, 2013 5:36 PM

    Jerry loves drafting these injury prone players: Sean Lee, Bruce Carter, DeMarco Murray, and Dez Bryant.

    All 4 have missed games due to injury each year as a pro.

  13. randyschwimmer7 says: May 21, 2013 5:37 PM

    Loved Murray at OU. Fast and shifty and can make some damn good plays. The biggest question mark about him coming out was his injury history. He has been hurt both years. It’s too bad. He is made of glass like Knowshon Moreno.

  14. seabreezes51 says: May 21, 2013 5:42 PM

    Is Tony Romo scouring the wires for a replacement yet? He needs to be getting those skills polished up if he is gonna be Jerry Jr.
    QB/Coach/Junior GM… Romo… He’s not just a touchdown machine anymore.

  15. mikejsmith32 says: May 21, 2013 5:45 PM

    Well, if there’s a silver lining, it’s that Tanner, Dunbar, and Randle will get more work.

  16. mtchainsmoker says: May 21, 2013 5:46 PM

    They took his blinders off too soon. He saw the field and BAM! there went his hammy.

  17. cubano76 says: May 21, 2013 6:24 PM

    Wait, what?!?!

  18. yousuxxors says: May 21, 2013 6:27 PM

    they hurt their hamstrings because they focus to much on their quads. when working out there needs to be an even balance between muscles corresponding to each other.( quad/hammy tri/bi etc. )

  19. steelpalace5000 says: May 21, 2013 6:30 PM

    This hamstring thing with the Boys is getting very old at this point But In defense of Murray the broken ankle wasn’t his fault and more serious than a hamstring pull we have all seen with Austin 100 times.

  20. steelpalace5000 says: May 21, 2013 6:34 PM

    The thing that pisses me off is Romo waiting until now to have back surgery. Hey why have it done in the off season and mess up his free time wait until otas and training camp to have it done. And by the way Jerry Tony says thanks for the fat contract.

  21. rg3andthensome says: May 21, 2013 6:43 PM

    And in other news, the sky is still blue.

  22. allen227 says: May 21, 2013 6:47 PM

    And it starts all over again. He definitely doesn’t take after AP. But then again who does?

  23. stephenolszewski says: May 21, 2013 6:48 PM

    Handle With Care…

  24. talkingfan says: May 21, 2013 6:54 PM

    WOW! Football is not for you dude, already are you serious. Cowboys can’t depend on this guy to carry the ball.

  25. phoowes says: May 21, 2013 9:14 PM

    He has become damaged goods because of linemen like Doug “half” Free. Hammy is a nagging injury that will result in him either running a step slower or pushing it too far. They should sit him until week one.

  26. bigbenh8tr says: May 21, 2013 9:53 PM

    So many cowboys articles to get site traffic. Nice to see America’s team in the spotlight. Start calm. Gonna be a fun season

  27. rmal83 says: May 22, 2013 12:18 AM

    Go Cowboys!

  28. cowpiesnotcowboys says: May 22, 2013 8:28 AM

    China doll.

  29. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 22, 2013 1:55 PM

    I swear Murray could tweak his ham playing the wii.

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