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21 Joseph Randle RB
Height/Weight: 6-0/210 | Birthdate: 12/29/1991 | Birthplace: Wichita, KS, USA | Team: Dallas | College: Oklahoma State | NFL Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 60/8
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DeMarco Murray increases workload in Thursday's practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was listed as limited in Thursday's practice, but he said he did a lot more than he was able to do Wednesday, reports the Dallas Morning News. Wearing a special glove with padding to protect his surgically-repaired left hand, Murray participated in some team drills.

"It’s good," Murray told the paper. "I feel good."

Murray was asked if he'll play Sunday against the Colts, if the decision is left up to him. "I’m a very competitive person and I want to help this team out as much as I can," he told the paper. "I’ve had two good days and we’ll see how it goes."

Owner Jerry Jones said he was encouraged that Murray, the NFL's leading rusher, is "so aggressive in his thinking about playing."

Murray underwent surgery Monday to fix a broken bone in his hand. If he sits out, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar would rotate at tailback. Dallas is favored by 3 over the Colts at nearly every sportsbook.


Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray practices, but how much?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray participated in the early part of practice for the second straight day Thursday, but it wasn't yet clear if he joined team drills after watching those Wednesday, reports the Dallas Morning News. Murray's left hand was wrapped.

He had surgery Monday to fix a broken bone in his hand. If Murray can't play Sunday against the Colts, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar would share backfield duties.

The Cowboys are 3-point favorites over the AFC South champs.


DeMarco Murray to wear protective padding, not cast, if he plays


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) If Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray plays less than a week after undergoing surgery, it will be with protective padding on his left hand, not a cast, reports the Dallas Morning News. Murray went through individual drills Wednesday wearing a glove enforced with a hard plastic shell.

"I think we need to see something where there’s a comfort level we all have and certainly a comfort level that he has," coach Jason Garrett told the paper. "Carrying the football is an important responsibility. You have to be able to do it."

Dallas is a 3-point home favorite over the Colts on Sunday. If Murray can't play, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar will share backfield duties.

Randle is averaging 7.0 yards per carry and would be the favorite to start, but he hasn't gotten more than two carries in a game since Week 10. Dunbar is a better receiver than Randle and would handle most of the passing downs.

Murray underwent surgery Monday, one day after breaking a bone in his left hand. He leads the NFL with 351 carries for 1,687 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.


Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray practicing two days after surgery


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was "going through drills and catching passes" at Wednesday's practice, reports NFL.com. ESPN.com reports Murray participated in all individual drills despite having his left hand wrapped.

"I think we need to see something," coach Jason Garrett told reporters. "So we'll take it day by day and see how he progresses."

Murray underwent surgery Monday to fix a broken bone in his left hand. He leads the NFL with 351 carries for 1,687 yards and 11 touchdowns. He wasn't expected to participate in team drills as the team eases him back.

If the Cowboys hold out Murray on Sunday against the Colts, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar would carry the load. Randle is averaging 7.0 yards on his 34 carries and would handle most of the early-down work. Dunbar is an excellent receiver (16 catches, 207 yards) who would play mainly on third downs and in hurry-up situations.

Owner Jerry Jones said Murray likely will be a gametime decision. The Cowboys are 3-point favorites over Indy at most Las Vegas sportsbooks.


Cowboys RBs Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar 'ready for whatever'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) With the status of DeMarco Murray (hand) up in the air, Cowboys backup running backs Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar are preparing for a larger workload for Week 16, if necessary, according to the Star-Telegram. Both backs have totaled 328 yards on 60 carries on the ground this season.

"We're approaching it the same way," Dunbar said. "We haven't gotten into all that yet. Tomorrow is the first day we get to practice and stuff. I'm pretty sure it's going to be the same way. You always have to be ready just in case your number is called. If my number is called, I'll be ready if he's not able to go."

"We don't know what the opportunity is yet because he hasn't been ruled out but I'm ready for whatever," Randle said. "I'm itching big time. I feel like I can get job done definitely if they ask me to do that. I don't want to let the team down. This is a huge game for our season. I'm going to be fully ready to go."

It remains to be seen which running back would get the start if Murray can't play.

Dallas is a 3-point favorite at home against Indianapolis on Sunday.


What to do in DeMarco Murray's absence?


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) With DeMarco Murray's (hand) availability very much in doubt, plenty of Fantasy owners are going to be scrambling for the waiver wires ahead of Week 16. At the Fantasy Football Today blog, I took a look at Murray's backups, Joseph Randle and  Lance Dunbar, to see how they might be used in Murray's absence:

"Dunbar saw more work than Randle in Week 15 as well, playing 14 snaps to Randle's three. However, the team has been more likely to give Randle the ball when he's been on the field, as he has touched the ball on 58.1 percent of his offensive snaps. That number is closer to Murray's mark of 56.9 than Dunbar's 38.9 percent mark."

Randle is averaging a robust 7.0 yards per carry on the season, twice what Dunbar has managed. However, Dunbar has much more experience as a pass-catching option out of the backfield, so we could see a true split if Murray sits, with Randle handling the early downs and Dunbar getting work when the team needs to pass. 

If you can only pick up one player, Randle looks like the guy to own. Both Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard have him among their top-16 running backs for the week, while Dunbar manages to just barely sneak into Dave's top-30, and doesn't come anywhere close for Jamey. He may have more value in a PPR format, but Randle has been so effective running the ball, he probably fits what the Cowboys want to do more. 


Cowboys backup runners combine for five touches


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/27/2014) Cowboys backup running backs Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar were barely used in Thursday's loss to the Eagles. Randle ran twice for 6 yards and caught one pass for minus-1 yard. Dunbar rushed twice for 15 yards, including a 14-yard gain.

They'll visit the Bears next Thursday.


Cowboys RB Joseph Randle scores in defeat of Jaguars


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Cowboys running back Joseph Randle didn't do much with six of his carries, but he certainly made the most of his other one Sunday against Jacksonville. He took it 40 yards for a touchdown midway through the third quarter. It was his first score of the year.

Randle, who rushed for a season-high 56 yards in the victory, can relax and savor his performance as Dallas starts its bye week.


Cowboys get some offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) Several Cowboys made minor contributions Week 9 against Arizona. Among them, running back Joseph Randle had a 2-yard carry. Wideouts Dwayne Harris and Cole Beasley each had a 12-yard reception.

They'll all face the Jaguars in London in Week 10.


Report: Cowboys worried about Joseph Randle


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2014) The Cowboys are concerned whether running back Joseph Randle will be an impediment to team chemistry if he remains on the roster, ESPN reports.

Coach Jason Garrett reportedly met with Randle and wide receiver Dez Bryant after a loud verbal disagreement between the two players carried over to the practice field Friday, then discussed the subject with the whole team Saturday. The running back has apparently been ostracized by some teammates for remarks made to the police while being booked for shoplifting charges.

A source quoted in the report said, "Randle is staying for now," but the backup to DeMarco Murray could be on tenuous ground with the team.


Cowboys use their role players on MNF


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/28/2014) Several Cowboys contributed in the Week 8 loss to the Redskins. Among them, backup running back Joseph Randle ran three times for 23 yards, averaging 7.7 yards per carry, but lost a fumble.

Backup running back Lance Dunbar added a 6-yard rush and an 11-yard catch. Wideout Cole Beasley secured one of two targets for 11 yards, and tight end James Hanna made a 7-yard grab. They'll all face the Cardinals in Week 9.


Cowboys backup running backs do little Week 7


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) The Cowboys backup runners did little Week 7 against the Giants.

Lance Dunbar received three carries, gaining 16 yards. He was not targeted in the passing game. Joseph Randle gained 7 yards on two carries. He caught one pass for 14 yards. 

Both players will take on Washington Week 8. 


Jason Garrett says RB Joseph Randle will play Sunday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said running back Joseph Randle, arrested on a shoplifting charge Monday, apologized to the team and will be fined significantly for the incident, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Randle will play Sunday against the Giants, Garrett added.

Randle is accused of shoplifting cologne and underwear from a Dillard's in Frisco, Tex. He was charged with Class B misdemeanor theft.


Report: Cowboys will not suspend Joseph Randle


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) The Cowboys will not suspend running back Joseph Randle after he was arrested on a shoplifting charge Monday, ESPNDallas.com reports.

Randle will receive a fine, but the team has decided not to further punish the running back. The charge, which is a Class B misdemeanor, is for shoplifting cologne and underwear from a Dillard's in Frisco, Tex.


Cowboys RB Joseph Randle arrested on shoplifting charge


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Cowboys backup running back Joseph Randle was arrested Monday and charged with shoplifting about $80 worth of cologne and $40 in underwear from a Dillard's in Frisco, Tex., police told CBS 11 in Dallas/Forth Worth. The theft charge is a Class B misdemeanor.

Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar pitch in


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Cowboys backup running backs Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar were more than bit players in the Week 6 win at Seattle. Randle carried five times for 52 yards (10.4 ypc) while Dunbar caught all four of his targets for 48 yards.

Dunbar also rushed once for minus-4 yards. They'll take on the Giants in Week 7.


Cowboys aim to lessen DeMarco Murray's workload


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2014) Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he wants to lighten the burden on running back DeMarco Murray, who has rushed 130 times for 670 yards in the first five games, reports ESPN.com. Murray is on pace to tie Larry Johnson's NFL single-season record of 416 carries.

"DeMarco was out there and we think that's probably too many carries in the game, week in and week out," Garrett told the website. "He ended up with 31 [Sunday], so we'd like to get that number lower. We'd really just like to get the other guys an opportunity. I don't see any wear and tear in DeMarco, but having said that, we want to make sure we create a rotation and we'll focus on doing that in the next few weeks."

Backups Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar have combined for 22 carries this year.

Speaking of Murray, Garrett added: "We've got to make sure we take care of him over the course of the season, but we'd do that with any player."


Cowboys receive minor contributions in Week 5 OT victory over Texans


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) The Cowboys received minor contributions from several role players in a Week 5 overtime victory to the Texans.

Joseph Randle wasn't asked to do much behind DeMarco Murray, and was limited to four yards on two carries. Dwayne Harris muffed a punt in the second quarter and caught all three of his targets for 30 yards. Cole Beasley caught all four of his targets for Cole Beasley yards in a 23-20 overtime victory.


Jerry Jones: Joseph Randle deserves more carries


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told radio station The Fan on Friday that he feels running back Joseph Randle has earned more playing time.

The words come as a bit of a surprise considering that featured back DeMarco Murray is blowing away all other NFL rushers with 534 yards on the ground and is averaging 5.4 YPC. But Randle has proven effective as well in limited opportunities at 6.3 YPC.

"The biggest threat probably to DeMarco's stats is Joseph Randle," Jones said. "Frankly, I don't want to leave [Lance] Dunbar out of this equation, either. If we can, it would be good to have Dunbar with a few more touches. But make no mistake about it, (Randle) can be effective out there, too. Should we? We probably should have at least Randle get a few more snaps."


Cowboys announce Week 3 inactives vs. Rams


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) The Cowboys have made the following players inactive for Sunday's matchup with the Rams: linebackers Justin Durant (groin) and LB Rolando McClain (groin), defensive linemen Anthony Spencer (knee) and DT Davon Coleman (knee), quarterback Dustin Vaughan, cornerback Tyler Patmon and offensive lineman Donald Hawkins.

McClain was doubtful to play in Week 3 with his injury, while Durant, Spencer and Coleman had already been ruled out. Wide receiver Dez Bryant (shoulder), running back Joseph Randle (concussion), tight end Gavin Escobar (knee) and defensive end Lavar Edwards (knee) are active after being listed as questionable. Quarterback Tony Romo (back), guard Zack Martin (foot), defensive end George Selvie (shoulder) and defensive tackle Ken Bishop (illness) are all active after being listed as probable.


Gavin Escobar, Joseph Randle questionable for Week 3


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Cowboys running back Joseph Randle (concussion) and tight end Gavin Escobar (knee) are both questionable for Week 3 against the Rams, after they were limited in Friday's final practice session. 

Joseph Randle back at practice after two days off


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Cowboys running back Joseph Randle returned to practice Friday, according to ESPN.com, after missing two days of practice with a concussion. Whether he will be cleared to play in Week 3 against the Rams remains to be seen, but it should become clearer when the team unveils it's official injury report later Friday.

Two Cowboys unable to practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said running back Joseph Randle (concussion) and defensive tackle Davon Coleman (calf) won't practice Wednesday ahead of Sunday's game in St. Louis, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Joseph Randle dealing with concussion


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Cowboys running back Joseph Randle suffered a concussion in the Week 2 win at Tennessee, reports the Dallas Morning News. The injury occurred in the third quarter, when Randle was playing special teams.

Joseph Randle exits game with strained oblique


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Cowboys running back Joseph Randle left Saturday's preseason game against Miami with a strained oblique injury, per the Dallas Morning News. Randle sustained the injury in the first half and was ruled out for the remainder of the game. He had one total tackle while working with the special teams unit.