While it's encouraging news, Jones stopped short of suggesting that Dunbar would be ready to play by Week 1, something Jones did do with tight end Gavin Escobar (Achilles). It still seems likely that Dunbar will begin the season on the PUP list.
That's encouraging news for the scatback, but the Cowboys likely won't know until training camp begins whether Dunbar has a shot at being ready for Week 1. Even if he is far enough along in his recovery from a torn ACL to avoid the PUP list, his role could be a lot smaller this season with fourth overall pick Ezekiel Elliott expected to become the team's new three-down back, lessening the need for a passing-down specialist like Dunbar in the offense.
The Dallas Cowboys aren't yet sure when Lance Dunbar (torn ACL) will be able to resume football activities, and he could begin the regular season on the PUP list, Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com reports.
If that were the case, Dunbar would be required to miss the first six weeks of the season, but the progress of his recovery from the knee injury that ended his 2015 campaign should become clearer once training camp draws closer.
The Dallas Cowboys and Lance Dunbar agreed to a one-year, $1.75 million contract Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Suffering a cascade of body blows early last season in the form of injuries to Dez Bryant (foot) and Tony Romo (shoulder), the Cowboys relied on their running backs to keep the offense afloat. Through the first three games, Dunbar served as a reliable receiving threat, notching 21 catches (on 23 targets) for 215 yards, but a torn ACL suffered in Week 4 ended the campaign abruptly. While the backfield is still populated by No. 1 option Darren McFadden, Dunbar's recovery will forecast what role he'll hold in the fall.
After Dez Bryant got hurt in Week 1, Dunbar emerged as the most dynamic receiving threat the
|P1||8/13/16||@ LAR||8:00 pm|
|P3||8/25/16||@ SEA||10:00 pm|
|2||9/18/16||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|4||10/2/16||@ SF||4:25 pm|
|6||10/16/16||@ GB||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 7|
|9||11/6/16||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|10||11/13/16||@ PIT||4:25 pm|
|13||12/1/16||@ MIN||8:25 pm|
|14||12/11/16||@ NYG||8:30 pm|
|17||1/1/17||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
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