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Lance Dunbar may miss Cowboys opener with sprained foot

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Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray hasn’t had much luck staying healthy during his first two NFL seasons, making the need for a quality second option in the backfield a fairly important one in Dallas.

Lance Dunbar has shown some signs of being just that in the preseason. He’s run eight times for 45 yards and caught six passes for 83 yards during a preseason that’s been marred only by a fumble at the tail end of a long catch-and-run against the Cardinals on Saturday. Dunbar’s status for the rest of the preseason and the start of the regular season is up in the air now, though.

Dunbar has a sprained left foot and is wearing a protective boot to protect it. Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com reports that Dunbar could be out for three or four weeks, a timetable that puts the first couple of weeks of the season in doubt while also costing Dunbar time to work with the team in a third-down back as they rehearse for the regular season in their third preseason game.

Fifth-round pick Joseph Randle will likely move up to the No. 2 spot on the depth chart with Dunbar out. Randle has not been particularly impressive in the preseason, but it appears he’ll get a chance to make a stronger impression in the next few weeks.

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5 Responses to “Lance Dunbar may miss Cowboys opener with sprained foot”
  1. ccjcsr says: Aug 19, 2013 11:18 AM

    He’s the backup, SHOULD be back in time for Demarco to get hurt.

    #CowboyNation

  2. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 19, 2013 11:23 AM

    Randle and Tanner are decent back ups for sure but they don’t offer the “take it to the house” explosiveness that Dunbar provides. This weapon will be missed if he is out for the opener.

  3. romo4life says: Aug 19, 2013 1:28 PM

    This is actually a tough loss for the cowboys. He has looked very explosive in his time during the preseason and looked like a good 3rd down change of pace type back. Hopefully Randal can pick up his play until Dunbar gets back.

  4. jerrysglassescleaner says: Aug 19, 2013 1:31 PM

    Thats what happens when you have the great Antonio Ramiro Romo as your Qb. Dumbar will be Great for us until he gets big headed thinking he is ready to be a starter and demand the ”quan” . Then goes to another team dumb enough to give it to him, then SUUUcks. Romo makes all players better. How is Robinson, crayton ect, ect, doing these days?

  5. footballradioshow says: Aug 19, 2013 2:43 PM

    Injury to Dunbar may have secured Tanner a roster spot. Both backs have shown some promise, but Tanner will need to have some special teams contribution to make the 53. Randle will definitely get an increase in work load, should be no problem

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