DeMarco Murray, Tyron Smith not expected to play on Thanksgiving

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If the Cowboys are going to get above .500 with a win over the Redskins on Thanksgiving, they’re going to have to do it without their best running back and their starting left tackle.

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray and left tackle Tyron Smith are both expected to miss Thursday’s game, according to the Star-Telegram.

Murray has missed five straight games with a foot injury, and it looks like Thursday will be the sixth. Murray was averaging 4.4 yards a carry, with 330 yards on 75 attempts, before he went down. He’s been replaced in the starting lineup by Felix Jones, who is averaging 3.6 yards a carry, with 321 yards on 88 attempts. Jones is also dealing with an injury, having missed Monday’s practice because of knee pain.

Smith suffered an ankle injury in Sunday’s win over the Browns. If he’s out against the Redskins he’ll be replaced by Jermey Parnell, and that would be a significant problem for Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who would much rather have Smith protecting his blind side.

Other Cowboys who missed practice Monday were center Phil Costa (ankle), guard/center Ryan Cook (knee), defensive tackle Sean Lissemore (ankle), receiver Kevin Ogletree (concussion), safety Charlie Peprah (concussion) and nose tackle Jay Ratliff (groin).

10 responses to “DeMarco Murray, Tyron Smith not expected to play on Thanksgiving

  1. Nah… I think the Redskins got this anyway, because DeMorco hasn’t shown up when they face one another anyway. I’m not saying that to knock him, I just think the Cowboys are using DeMarco has reason for their troubles and I think its not true.

  2. I would have loved to watch Orakpo take advantage of Parnell but we are just a beat up as the Cowboys. If Romo has time he’ll slice that secondary to shreds. The Skins HAVE to get him on the ground if they are going to win. I loved seeing D Hall on the corner blitz’s need more of that type of defense, aggressive and unpredictable.

  3. Cowboy fan & I agree need to fix that line & get rid of Jerra, Stephen,Jason the whole bunch. That’s including every fan that goes to that stadium & sits on their butts & when they clap they clap like they don’t want to be heard like a baby is sleeping. Brandon Carr said that the cowboys need to give them something to cheer about I say BullButter, if ur a fan get off ur BUTTS & be LOUD & NOT when the cowboys have the ball, repeat NOT when the cowboys have the ball. Go to be heard make the Redskins heads hurt, make them use their timeouts make it were they get false starts. If they score don’t go into a shell get louder let’s get a REAL home field advantage. Thanks can’t wait to hear U at COWBOYS stadium.

  4. I don’t fear the Cowboys rushing attack, don’t care if Murray plays. If they feed him the ball a lot, that’s fine, make them go the length of the field slowly. That way the Redskins can outscore them.
    If Romo has the opportunity to throw all over the place to Witten, Bryant, and Austin, the Redskins are doomed. The need to play lots of guys in coverage all day, unless the Dallas O-Line is so bad they can constantly harass Romo.
    But remember, he’s ALWAYS great on the run outside of the pocket. They need to contain him to stop him. When he runs outside and looks downfield, he’s great. Keep him inside, and the Redskins can win.

    Film study, it’s all film study………

  5. Smith missing the game is the last thing Romo wanted to hear. The Cowboys offensive line is a disaster right now. Can’t open running lanes, and Romo has been running for his life most of the season. If he can get just a little bit of time, he will carve up the skins woeful secondary. D Hall on Dez will be an interesting matchup, Bryant ate him up in both meetings last year.

  6. I think the cowboys need a running back that can make thru a whole season. I like Murrey but he got injured every season in college to. This draft should be lineman and a rb.

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