Jerry Jones says Cowboys still title contenders

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The Dallas Cowboys are 2-3 and have lost their past two games. But owner Jerry Jones is more confident than ever that his team can make a title run this season because of how it played in Sunday's 31-29 loss at Baltimore.

Jones said he is disappointed in the loss but he did see positive things that the Cowboys can build on.

"It's terribly disappointing. But we played physically. We did things that we can win with in the future," Jones said on his radio show on KRLD/105.3 FM. "We're 2-3, so that's five games into a 16-game season. We don't have time to have a bad time here. We've got to have some wins to make sure we're in the hunt. We are fresh off, I keep pointing it out, a world champion that won nine of 16 ballgames last year.

"We know that you want your team as healthy and as in sync as it can be as we get on in to the end of the season. We know that we've played one division game and won it. We've got those guys, the Giants, coming back in here. We know that's going to be a big game for us. All of those things give us a chance to take a team that is evolving into -- if you look at the pluses yesterday -- evolving into a team that can compete for the championship. Not next year, this year.

"Let me emphasize that," Jones said. "I'm not into everybody getting better, learning for years to come. It's this year."

Murray out this week

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed on Tuesday that running back DeMarco Murray will miss at least Sunday's game at Carolina with a sprained foot.

Jones said on his radio show that magnetic resonance imaging results showed ligament damage, but no fractures.

Murray will likely miss a few games, but the injury will not sideline him for the season.

"I think we were encouraged that his sprain was not any more serious than it is," Jones said. "He's a tough guy. I regret that we're not going to have him against Carolina."

Costa's impact

The return of center Phil Costa and his impact on the record-setting rushing performance against the Ravens was more than just lip service from Cowboys coach Jason Garrett.

According to Pro Football Focus, every Cowboys offense lineman played well in the game as the team rushed for 227 yards, the most ever against the Ravens. But the site rated Costa as the best lineman in the game for both teams, saying he was dominant in the middle and got the best of every Ravens defender they put in front of him.

It was Costa's first game since suffering back injury on the first series of the season opener against the New York Giants.

Roster moves

The Cowboys signed cornerback Vince Agnew to the practice squad and released cornerback Mario Butler.

Agnew was one of 16 players the Cowboys worked out on Friday. Agnew originally signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Central Michigan on July 28, 2011. He was released on September 3 and immediately signed to their practice squad where he spent most of the 2011 season.

He was released by Miami on August 31, 2012.

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