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Cowboys sign veteran RB Sammy Morris after Murray's injury

CBSSports.com wire reports

There are bigger names available in the free agent running back market, but Cowboys general manager Jerry Jones believes Sammy Morris fits the needs in Dallas perfectly.

The Cowboys lost rookie DeMarco Murray, the team's leading rusher, for the season Sunday night against the Giants. He suffered a fractured ankle, leaving Felix Jones as the lone healthy back on the roster.

Morris, 34, was a teammate of Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett with the Dolphins in 2004, and Garrett remained on staff for the next two seasons. Morris was with Miami again in '05 and '06.

The Cowboys could also consider promoting Chauncey Washington from the practice squad for Saturday's game against the Buccaneers. Washington's primary role since entering the league in 2008 as a seventh-round pick of the Jaguars has been on special teams.

Clinton Portis and Larry Johnson, former Pro Bowl running backs, weren't considered strong candidates for a roster spot. Both have worked out for teams as needs arise. Johnson was with the Dolphins in training camp and briefly during the regular season.

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