By Matthew Postins
Published reports say three to four weeks. Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett says it’s day-by-day.
So who knows who’s right about the recovery timetable for both defensive end DeMarcus Ware and running back DeMarco Murray?
Ware suffered a quad injury and Murray suffered a sprained MCL in his knee during the Cowboys’ win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday night.
Ware told reporters on Monday that he felt he was “doubtful” for next Sunday’s game with Philadelphia. ESPN’s Adam Schefter cited team sources in a report that outlined Ware’s recovery time to be anywhere from three to four weeks.
Garrett was much more vague when asked about the three-to-four week timetable.
“We’re not looking at that timetable,” Garrett said. “We look at these guys day by day.”
The same goes for Murray. The ESPN report had Murray missing the Eagles game. Garrett called him day by day.
Ware has not missed a game in his NFL career. It sounds like he’s as close as he’s ever been to having that streak come to an end.
“It wouldn’t be 100 percent if I had to go out and play right now,” Ware told reporters. “There wouldn’t be a point to this day. If I had to play, I wouldn’t. I couldn’t get off the ball.”
That doesn’t bode well for a Dallas Cowboys team that is already without Ware’s fellow end, Anthony Spencer, and tackle Jay Ratliff.
Should Ware not play against the Eagles then Kyle Wilber, the second-year end out of Wake Forest, would make his first NFL start. Wilber’s sack and fumble recovery in the fourth quarter set up the Cowboys’ victory against the Redskins.
If Murray cannot play, the Dallas Cowboys would be down to two running backs, as Lance Dunbar missed Sunday’s game with an injury. Dunbar may return this week, but right now the starter would be either rookie Joseph Randle or veteran Phillip Tanner. Randle received the bulk of the work after Murray left the game, carrying the ball 11 times.
Otherwise the Cowboys came out of the Redskins game relatively healthy.
Garrett also noted that the clock for the activation of Ratliff starts this week. The Dallas Cowboys placed Ratliff on the physically unable to perform list before the season, meaning Ratliff had to sit out the first six games. The Cowboys now have three weeks to either activate Ratliff or place him on injured reserve, a move that would end Ratliff’s season.
“We need to see Ratliff do a lot,” Garrett said. “He hasn’t played football in a while.”