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Report: Jason Witten, DeMarco Murray not expected to play Thursday night

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The Cowboys won’t play quarterback Tony Romo in their preseason opener against the Chargers on Thursday night and it looks like that will only be one missing part from the starting offense.

Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Cowboys are also expected to kick off their exhibition schedule without tight end Jason Witten and running back DeMarco Murray. If they don’t play, it will make two straight years that Dallas has opted not to play Romo, Witten and Murray in their first preseason game of the summer.

While Romo is on his way back from back surgery, there are no specific health concerns with either Witten or Murray at this point in the schedule. They are important enough to the Cowboys offense, however, that the team likely sees more risk than reward when it comes to putting them on the field for a handful of plays in San Diego.

Sabin also reports that running back Lance Dunbar, who is recovering from knee surgery, will also be held out of the game.

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16 Responses to “Report: Jason Witten, DeMarco Murray not expected to play Thursday night”
  1. starfan79 says: Aug 7, 2014 9:20 AM

    gonna see a lot of Williams running the ball.. Kinda glad cause I want to see if he has anything.. The cardinals dont know how to use running backs (not that the cowboys really do either anymore) but I think he might impress

  2. grndizzle says: Aug 7, 2014 9:22 AM

    Murray always has health concerns. He always gets injured.

  3. bhindenemylines says: Aug 7, 2014 9:24 AM

    Might as well keep Dez out as well then. He’s just as valuable as the others.

  4. thesoupman says: Aug 7, 2014 9:28 AM

    Seems like a lot of teams holding their key ones back for the first game. This trend will make the preseason an even bigger joke than it already is.

  5. chargersdiehard says: Aug 7, 2014 9:51 AM

    I wouldn’t want my “star” players getting beat down by that Chargers front 7 either. “America’s team” plays the rolls of tackling dummies tonight!

  6. trefkennedy says: Aug 7, 2014 10:01 AM

    Might as well keep weapon X out too no need to get Weapon X hurt

  7. dirtydrynn27 says: Aug 7, 2014 10:11 AM

    Americas team?…….What a joke!!!!!

  8. natelan says: Aug 7, 2014 10:37 AM

    As a Chargers fan, I’ve always liked and respected the Cowboys. Romo too.

    Looking forward to a fun, challenging and hopefully safe preseason opener against your club!

    Football’s back!!

  9. 700levelvet says: Aug 7, 2014 11:11 AM

    The.”Most mediocre franchise in sports”…

  10. amaf21 says: Aug 7, 2014 11:15 AM

    Report: Jason Witten, DeMarco Murray not expected to play

    think we’ll be hearing that one a lot this season.

  11. tommyv22 says: Aug 7, 2014 11:29 AM

    No need for them to play..they know their rolls..i wouldn’t play dez either

  12. nickinneohio says: Aug 7, 2014 1:53 PM

    Cue the Johnnie, Johnnie, Johnnie chants once Cowboy fan gets a glimpse of Weeden for a couple of series.

  13. footballradioshow says: Aug 7, 2014 2:16 PM

    Good for Weeden to get reps. May both teams make it out with no injuries

  14. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 7, 2014 3:08 PM

    Makes sense to keep Dunbar out as he recovers from a knee injury, but I don’t see why Witten and Murray couldn’t play one series.

  15. simonator917 says: Aug 7, 2014 11:25 PM

    I’m not even a Cowboys fan and I’m incredibly disappointed they didn’t draft Johnny Football. Talk about the table being set, or the stars aligning, or any other metaphor you want to use. Jerry, you BLEW it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. jlbutler66 says: Aug 8, 2014 6:22 PM

    Well the game is history and it is obvious our back ups are much worse the the Chargers. The problem is we may have to play a bunch of them and the Chargers won’t. It’s going to be a very difficult season and I suspect by the end of the year we might get a shot at some top draft choices. The problem is we have salary cap problems.

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