IRVING, Texas -- As the world waits and wonders about the availability of running back DeMarco Murray for Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts, the right side of the Dallas Cowboys’ offensive line is missing its second straight day of practice. Tackle Doug Free and guard Zack Martin are sitting out of Thursday’s practice because of ankle injuries suffered last week against the Philadelphia Eagles. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he has concerns about Free’s ability to play against the Colts, but he's more confident that Martin will be a go.
IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was named the team’s nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award. Nationwide made a donation of $10,000 to Murray’s foundation. “It’s a privilege to be a nominee for this great award,” Murray said before Thursday’s practice. “I definitely don’t take it lightly. Helping the needy, it definitely touches my heart. Do whatever I can to touch the youth outside of football and I’ve been blessed and fortunate to do what I love to do.
IRVING, Texas -- In his past four games, defensive tackle Henry Melton has played 108 snaps. He has one tackle and two pass deflections. In three of those games, there's no statistical evidence he even played. The Cowboys expected more from the 2012 Pro Bowl player. The lack of production has not gone unnoticed by the coaching staff. Melton’s playing time has decreased in each of the past three games from 31 plays to 25 plays to 21 plays.
IRVING, Texas -- On Monday, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett was asked if he needed to address with his players the discrepancy of their play at AT&T Stadium and away from the $1.2 billion palace. "That issue is what?" Garrett said either sarcastically, jokingly or with complete seriousness. It was difficult to get a read. The issue is this: The Cowboys are 3-4 at AT&T Stadium this season and 7-0 on the road. They are the NFL's only undefeated road team.