- Calvin Watkins, ESPN Staff Writer
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IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys received a positive sign for their running game with starting running back DeMarco Murray returning to practice Thursday. Murray caught two passes during an individual drill during the open media portion of practice.
He also caught passes from wide receiver Dez Bryant during the early portions of practice and jumped up and made a few grabs.
Murray, who leads the Cowboys with 330 rushing yards on 75 carries, missed the last three games with a sprained foot and isn't expected to play Sunday at the Philadelphia Eagles.
"No question, he's starting to get better," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Thursday. "He's got to be 100 percent before we put him out there."
Murray will be replaced by Felix Jones in the starting lineup.
Jones has rushed 37 times for 102 yards and one touchdown in Murray's absence.
Also, nose tackle Jay Ratliff (ankle) missed practice, but participated during Thursday's walkthrough session. Defensive end Sean Lissemore (ankle), center Phil Costa (ankle) and safety Matt Johnson (hamstring) missed practice and were doing rehab work.
Inside linebacker Dan Connor (neck) practiced for the second consecutive day after missing last week's game with his injury.