Pondering the 46: All five running backs active?

IRVING, Texas – For the first time since the middle of October, the Cowboys will have the choice of dressing all five running backs in a game now that it looks like DeMarco Murray will play Sunday against Philadelphia.

But can they afford it?


“We’ve had some different challenges throughout the year,” coach Jason Garrett said of setting the gameday roster. “It’s easier when guys are hurt and you can say, ‘OK, you can’t play,’ and you set the 46 accordingly. We’ll have a couple of decisions to make, but that’s been pretty much the case all year long.”

Charlie Peprah, Orlando Scandrick, Phil Costa and most likely Ben Bass will be out because of injuries. Jay Ratliff has not practiced in two weeks because of a groin injury but did some running on the side, so the guess is he could be available.

Who are the final three inactive players? Two of them should come on the offensive line in David Arkin and/or Derrick Dockery and Kevin Kowalski, now that it looks like Ryan Cook will play.

The fifth spot could come down to a running back and wide receiver Anthony Armstrong. Felix Jones is banged up but he’s practiced, so he’ll be good to go. Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner are key special teamers. Armstrong has been with the team for less than a week, so he would appear to be the odd man out.