Dunbar returned to practice Sunday in a limited capacity, but the Cowboys know what they're getting in the running back and may not feel the need to risk his health any further in preseason action. He's not a lock to make the roster at this point, but his chances are good enough given he avoids any setbacks. Expect the team to ease him back into action throughout this week's practice sessions.
Dunbar started training camp on the PUP list after suffering a torn ACL and MCL last season. He's now been cleared for practice, but is expected to be eased into action to avoid any further setbacks with the knee. While it seems unlikely Dunbar will be available for Thursday's preseason matchup with the Seahawks, there's a chance he could see some snaps in the teams' preseason finale come Sept. 1. With that being said, Dunbar will likely be available for Week 1, but could struggle to see significant snaps with the likes of Ezekiel Elliot, Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris all in the running back picture.
Dunbar (knee) could return at some point during training camp, and he still hopes to be ready for Week 1, ESPN.com reports.
Dunbar has reportedly recovered a bit faster than expected, as he's already been spotted doing individual work off to the side at Cowboys training camp. He has reportedly been sprinting without any noticeable hitch/limp, 10 months after suffering a torn ACL and MCL in a Week 4 game. While Ezekiel Elliott figures to handle most of the workload, a healthy Dunbar would be a serious threat to claim some of the passing-down work, as he had 21 receptions in just four appearances last year.
This was fully expected, with Dunbar still rehabbing from the torn ACL and MCL he suffered in October. While highly questionable to be ready for Week 1, he might eventually threaten some of Ezekiel Elliott's passing-down workload, having caught 21 passes in just four games last season.
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.
|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|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|