By Matthew Postins
Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray appears to be closer to taking the field than defensive end DeMarcus Ware, though neither is a lock to play on Sunday against the Detroit Lions.
Murray, out last week with a sprained knee, was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable. Last week Murray never practiced, so he’s made progress.
Ware, who missed the first game of his career last Sunday, did not practice at all this week while recovering from an injured quad. Ware did some rehab work on the side. He is listed as doubtful.
Murray and Ware were one of 13 players listed on the Cowboys’ injury report all week.
Offensively wide receiver Miles Austin was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable. Austin played last week with his balky hamstring but didn’t make a catch. Dez Bryant is on the report for a hamstring and wrist injury, but worked out fully on Thursday and Friday, leading to him being listed as probable.
The Dallas Cowboys hope to get running back Lance Dunbar back as he has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury. He was limited in workouts this week and is listed as probable. Wide receiver Dwayne Harris is still on the report with his hip injury, but he has worked out fully all week and is probable.
Up front, guard Ron Leary is nursing a minor knee injury. While he did not practice on Wednesday, he worked out the rest of the week and is probable.
Defensively cornerback Morris Claiborne missed Wednesday’s and Thursday’s workouts with an illness, but returned on Friday for a full workout and is listed as probable. Safety J.J. Wilcox had an MRI on his knee earlier this week and came up with a sprained knee. He has been a limited participant in workouts this week but the Dallas Cowboys have already ruled him out for Sunday and will play another rookie, Jeff Heath, in his place. It will be Heath’s first NFL start.
Defensive tackle Jason Hatcher, who has a minor neck injury, worked out in a limited fashion all week and is probable. Hatcher dealt with the same injury last week and played. Another tackle, Nick Hayden, missed Wednesday’s and Thursday’s workouts with a back injury, but returned on Friday and is listed as probable.
Linebacker DeVonte Holloman missed all week with a neck injury and has been ruled out. Defensive end George Selvie, who played last weekend, was a limited participant in practice until Friday, when he underwent a full workout. Selvie, nursing a shoulder injury, is probable.
The Lions have nearly as many players on their injury report.
Wide receivers Nate Burleson (forearm) will miss the game with a forearm injury. His fellow receiver, Calvin Johnson, should play on Sunday, even though he missed Wednesday’s workout with a knee injury. He is listed as probable.
The Lions are banged up on the offensive line, too. Tackle Corey Hilliard is out with a knee injury. Two other tackles – Jason Fox and Riley Reiff – are questionable. Fox was limited due to a knee injury and Reiff was limited due to a hamstring injury.
Tight end Brandon Pettigrew is probable with a hamstring injury. He was a limited participant in workouts this week. Running back Theo Riddick is probable and should play after working out fully all week while recovering from a concussion.
Defensive tackle Andre Fluellen is probable as he recovers from a concussion. He did not practice on Wednesday, but worked his way up to a full workout on Friday. Linebacker Ashlee Palmer (ankle) is probable. Cornerback Rashean Mathis is probable with a groin injury, while safety Louis Delmas is probable with a knee injury.