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25 Lance Dunbar RB
Height/Weight: 5-8/195 | Birthdate: 1/25/1990 | Birthplace: New Orleans, LA, USA | Team: Dallas | College: North Texas | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 19/2 | Average Draft Position: 159.14
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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.


Three Cowboys add four catches combined to Sunday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) A trio of Cowboys receivers pitched in with minor contributions in a Week 10 victory over Jacksonville. Tight end Gavin Escobar caught one pass for 14 yards, wideout Cole Beasley snagged another for 11 yards and running back Lance Dunbar caught two for seven yards.

Also working his way into the score sheet was backup quarterback Brandon Weeden, who completed his only pass for eight yards.

Dallas is now on its bye week.


Lance Dunbar makes impact in passing game


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) Cowboys backup running back Lance Dunbar took a screen pass 40 yards in the first quarter against Arizona, the team's longest pass play of the day. Dunbar also had a 12-yard reception and finished second on the team with 52 receiving yards.

Dunbar rushed three times for 9 yards. He'll face the Jaguars in London in Week 10.


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. 


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 backup pass catchers make things happen Week 1


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) The Cowboys backup pass catchers played a bigger role than expected Week 1 against the 49ers.

Dwayne Harris only received two targets, but made the most of it. He came down with a 56 -yard catch in the third quarter. The pass was nearly intercepted, but the defender jumped too early. Harris also had one rush for 9 yards. 

Cole Beasley wound up being the most consistent of the bunch. He caught four passes for 42 yards. Beasley received five targets. 

Lance Dunbar and Devin Street also played roles. Dunbar caught three balls for 21 yards. He did not have a rush the entire game. Street caught two passes for 18 yards.

The Cowboys will take on the Titans Week 2. 


Cowboys compare Lance Dunbar to Sproles, Woodhead


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/24/2014) The Cowboys plan to use running back Lance Dunbar in a variety of ways, reports FOX Sports.

"Well, he's a guy that's going to be a complete weapon. We can line him up anywhere on the team -- tailback spot, at the wide receiver spot, in the slot. He has tremendous hands and he's just not a specialty guy. He could play tailback if you need him to go out there and give you 15 or 20 carries. He's that type of kid," Dallas running backs coach Gary Brown said. "He brings a whole different dimension, a whole different vibe in our room as far as what he does and we're looking forward to using him as a weapon as well."

Brown compared Dunbar, who is expected to be No. 2 on the depth chart behind DeMarco Murray, to Danny Woodhead and Darren Sproles.

"Everybody would like to have a guy like Dunbar. You look at the Sproles type guy. You look at guys around the league like Woodhead from San Diego. They all have them," Brown said. "Not everybody has them but we all want them. Once you find one, you've got to find things for him to do and you've got to make sure that he's involved in the gameplan."


Lance Dunbar looking good in OTAs


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/3/2014) Cowboys backup running back Lance Dunbar has looked good in OTAs thus far, playing well in Monday's session against backup defenders. ESPN believes that Dunbar is the kind of rusher who plays better in space, a consistent threat in offenses coordinated by Scott Linehan, who is now in Dallas. 

Lance Dunbar pronounces his knee 100 percent


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar, who's coming back from a left knee injury he suffered on Thanksgiving, said he feels 100 percent, reports the Dallas Morning News.

"I’ve been able to do everything now for a couple of weeks without any restrictions," he told the paper. "I’m feeling pretty good. I’d definitely say I’m 100 percent.”

Dunbar is expected to be Dallas' No. 2 back behind DeMarco Murray.


Lance Dunbar ready for offseason workouts


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/21/2014) Cowboys running Lance Dunbar (knee) is expected to participate in the offseason program, which starts Monday, reports ESPN.

Dunbar injured his knee during the Thanksgiving Day game last year against Oakland. Dunbar will compete with Joseph Randle for the No. 2 running back job in Dallas this year behind DeMarco Murray.


Lance Dunbar doing 'well' after surgery


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/14/2014) In speaking with Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown, backup speedster Lance Dunbar is doing well following a knee injury suffered last year, the coach told the official team website

Cowboys concerned about hamstring injuries


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) Twelve Cowboys suffered hamstring injuries of varying severity in 2013, reports ESPN.com. The list consisted of Miles Austin, Morris Claiborne, Sean Lee, Justin Durant, Dwayne Harris, Bruce Carter, Danny McCray, Barry Church, Dez Bryant, Lance Dunbar, Gavin Escobar and Terrance Williams.

Coach Jason Garrett is looking at other teams' approaches to find a solution. He might cut back the time players spend on the field early in the offseason, the report said. 

“It is valuable to do the football stuff. We don’t feel like there’s a lot of football stuff right now,” Garrett told the website. “We want to be careful about how much we take away from that. But there’s a couple weeks prior to all that stuff starting. We’ve talked about tweaking the daily schedule and what we’re doing those first couple weeks as we start to lay the foundation for the offseason.”


Lance Dunbar to get chances to make plays in space


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2014) New Cowboys play caller Scott Linehan took advantage of Reggie Bush's ability to make defenders miss, and third-year running back Lance Dunbar will get the "same types of opportunities," reports the team's website. Dunbar averaged 6.75 yards per carry against the Giants and Raiders before a knee injury ended his season.

"The key for him will be his health and that ability to secure the ball," the report added.


Lance Dunbar to shed crutches in two weeks


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/30/2013) Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar, who underwent knee surgery this month, said he'll get rid of his crutches in two weeks, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Dunbar averaged 5.0 yards on 30 carries backing up DeMarco Murray.

Lance Dunbar disappointed he will miss rest of season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2013) Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar said he was disappointed to learn Friday he would miss the rest of the season with a left knee injury. Dunbar will need surgery after hurting his knee Thursday against the Raiders.

"It is what it is," Dunbar said last week, per The Dallas Morning News. "Things happen that are out of my control."


Cowboys fear Lance Dunbar out for the season


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/29/2013) The Cowboys fear running back Lance Dunbar is out for the season with a knee injury, according to ESPN.

Dunbar hyperextended his knee during Thursday's game, and was set to have an MRI Friday. Preliminary results have the team thinking he'll need knee surgery. The surgery would keep him out at least three months. 


Lance Dunbar headed for MRI


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/29/2013) Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar is heading for an MRI Friday, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Dunbar hyperextended his knee during Thursday's game against the Raiders. Dunbar said he's "pretty tough," and would try to fight through the injury so long as it's nothing too serious.