DeMarco Murray plans to play all 16 games this season

DeMarco Murray plans to return to action in practice today for the Dallas Cowboys.

Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the running back, who has been sidelined since OTA’s opened with a minor hamstring issue, hopes to be back on the field when the team gets its work in today.

It’s yet another issue for Murray, whose durability is a question mark. He has missed seven games the last two seasons and while the Cowboys are without Felix Jones now they did add Joseph Randle from Oklahoma State via the draft.

That’s something I can’t control,” Murray said of doubters. “I can’t control if anything happens. All I can do is go out there, play hard, play fast, play physical. Once I’m out there, I don’t think there’s any question about anything.

“I am going to play all 16 (games) this year, and I’m excited. It’s going to be a great year for us.”

It’s not easy for any workhorse back to make it through a season playing 16 games. Some would file Murray’s comments in the “we’ll believe it when we see it” category. Just like Murray can’t control some durability factors, he also cannot control perception. Now, we’ll see if he’s back on the field today.

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