Cowboys get DeMarco Murray back on the field

Cowboys get DeMarco Murray back on the field

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ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 01: DeMarco Murray #29 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball in the first quarter against Lance Briggs #55 of the Chicago Bears at Cowboys Stadium on October 1, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on November 29, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 29 at 6:07 PM

IRVING -- The Dallas Cowboys got some encouraging news this week as running back DeMarco Murray began to practice again.

Murray sprained his left foot in Baltimore on October 14 and hasn't been on the field since.

"DeMarco just hasn't practiced very much football," said Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett Thursday. "Yesterday was the first day that he was out. He ran some football plays. He was limited throughout practice. We want to see how he reacts to that and see how he feels today coming off that work. We'll evaluate him day by day and see what his availability will be going forward."

After practice on Wednesday, Murray said, "It's a step forward. It's the most I've done and the best I've felt in a long time."

Garrett said it was a light start.

"We handed him the ball, we threw him the ball a little bit and he looked pretty comfortable out there," Garrett said. "We haven't seen that in a month and a half, it was the first step back into it."

Since Murray's absence, the Cowboys running game has fallen to last in the league, averaging just 78.7 yards per game and 3.5 yards per carry.

Backup running Felix Jones did not practice yesterday. He has 335 yards on 94 carries and is averaging 3.6 yards per carry.

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