Source: RB Lance Dunbar to be released

August, 31, 2012
8/31/12
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Running back Lance Dunbar will be released by the Cowboys, a source said, and the goal is to bring him back to the practice squad.

The Cowboys are leaning toward keeping three running backs. Though nothing is official, it appears that DeMarco Murray, Felix Jones and Phillip Tanner are going to make the 53-man roster.

The Cowboys need to keep four running backs around given the health status of Jones and Murray.

Jones has played 16 games only once in his career, and Murray missed the last three games of the 2011 season after he fractured his ankle.

But durability issues were raised in training camp when Tanner (hand) and Dunbar (hamstring) suffered injuries. It forced the Cowboys to play undrafted rookies Ed Wesley and Jamize Olawale and give Tavarris Williams snaps. Wesley was cut after being late to a walk-through meeting. Olawale, a fullback by trade, showed flashes that he can be a running back.

In the preseason finale Wednesday against Miami, Dunbar and Tanner each scored a touchdown and combined for 153 yards rushing.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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