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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
DeMarco Murray expects to practice Thursday

By Calvin Watkins

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray, who missed Wednesday's practice session as a precaution, said he expects to return to practice Thursday.

"It's my first game back so they just wanted to be a little cautious about it," said Murray, who did some conditioning drills. "I got some conditioning in today which is good."

Murray carried 23 times for 83 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys' victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. He said he wasn't surprised by the heavy workload -- he also caught four passes for 19 yards -- because he felt good during the game. The Cowboys' training staff monitored Murray's health during the game, and if Murray had mentioned a problem with his foot, he would've been taken out.

"Coming in, I didn't think I'd get that much work," he said. "First game back, not playing for six weeks, but the adrenaline got going and I felt good. I was doing well and I wanted to stay out there."

The return of Murray was a needed boost to a Cowboys rushing attack that was struggling. The Cowboys are one of four NFL teams without 1,000 rushing yards on the season, and backup Felix Jones is playing on two sore knees and there doesn't appear to be any confidence in giving the ball to backups Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar.

But the Cowboys were cautious with Murray. He thought he'd play after two weeks at the most, but his foot didn't recover. So, finally after six weeks and three plates put in his shoe, Murray was cleared to play against the Eagles.

Murray's absence from Wednesday's practice created a small buzz.

"I feel fine. The foot is fine," Murray said. "I could have went. I just want to be smart about it."