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Cowboys’ Murray practices two days after surgery


Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was on the practice field Wednesday and took part in individual drills less than 48 hours after undergoing surgery to repair a broken left hand.

Coach Jason Garrett said he did not expect Murray to do a lot during practice in preparation for the Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.

“I think we need to see something where there’s a comfort level we all have and certainly a comfort level that he has,” Garrett said. “Carrying the football is an important responsibility. You have to be able to do it. I think we all want to see it. I know he wants to see it, so we’ll take it day by day and see how it 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.

During the portion of practice that was open to the media, Murray was wearing a pad on the top of his left hand and took several handoffs from backup quarterback Brandon Weeden.

“You start with a plan and a vision for what you need to have there, and then you just go through feedback, with DeMarco and the training staff, you try to get it to the point where it’s functional and comfortable for him to go play,” Garrett said of the added protection. “It’s an evolution. They’ll talk back and forth as the week goes on, hopefully get something he’s comfortable with.”

If the Cowboys hold out Murray against the Colts, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar would get the carries. During team drills, Randle took the first-team snaps at running back.

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