Garrett kept RB Murray out of Lions game

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DeMarco Murray wanted to play Sunday against the Detroit Lions, coach Jason Garrett said. And owner Jerry Jones expressed some surprise that Murray didn’t play after the game.

Ultimately, though, Garrett said it was the coaches’ decision to keep Murray out a second consecutive game.

“Well, we decided after the week of practice that he wasn’t going to be well enough to play,” Garrett said. “He worked hard the last week to get himself back. He tried to practice Wednesday and Thursday. He practiced most rigorously Friday. At the end of practice, we just decided he wasn’t quite right.”

Murray is the Cowboys’ No. 1 running back option and is expected to return this Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. The running game struggled against the Lions, gaining only 62 yards on 26 carries.

There were six running plays for negative yardage, including a run by Phillip Tanner late in the fourth quarter that was costly. With 1:19 left, Tanner got the ball on a run that was supposed to be up the middle. However, he tried to bounce it outside, which partly led to a holding penalty by Tyron Smith.

That stopped the clock and left enough time for the Lions to march down the field for the game-winning TD.

“We probably would’ve been able to take the clock down to somewhere in the 20s before they would get it back and have to go 80 yards and score a touchdown with 20 or so seconds to go,” Garrett said. “I don’t want to be critical of a player right here, but the design of the play was to stick it up in there and get what you can get.”

Smith declined comment on the penalty for a second consecutive day.

More injury updates

Guard Brian Waters is dealing with three injuries and his status remains unknown.

Waters said after Sunday’s game that he hoped to simply get out of Detroit alive, and said Monday that he got out “barely alive.”

Waters said he had MRI exams on everything, which includes his left knee, ribs and triceps. The ribs and triceps are believed to be more worrisome than the knee.

In other injury news:

• Defensive backs Morris Claiborne and Barry Church each exited Sunday’s game with hamstring injuries. Church’s injury isn’t believed to be serious, and he should be back this week. But Claiborne is expected to miss two weeks, returning after the team’s bye week.

With Claiborne out, the Cowboys have only three healthy cornerbacks — Brandon Carr, B.W. Webb and Orlando Scandrick — on the active roster and could have to add another one for Sunday’s game.

The safeties are also hurting as starter J.J. Wilcox (knee) could miss a second consecutive game, and backup Danny McCray is dealing with toe, hip and hamstring issues.

• Defensive end DeMarcus Ware (thigh) remains day-to-day. “Making progress, but hopefully more and more progress as the week goes on,” Garrett said.

• Wide receiver Miles Austin (hamstring) is also day-to-day, but had a good run on Monday. “We’ll see what he’s able to do tomorrow and what his practice status is for the rest of the week,” Garrett said.

Briefly

• The Cowboys agreed to terms with free agent defensive end Everette Brown on Monday night. They will release a player Tuesday when they make the move official.

• The NFL trade deadline is 3 p.m. Tuesday and the Cowboys are unlikely to make a trade with little cap space. They last made an in-season trade in 2008 when they acquired wide receiver Roy Williams from the Lions.

• Guard David Arkin has rejoined the team as a member of the practice squad. The 2011 fourth-round pick was released Saturday to clear a roster spot for safety Jakar Hamilton, but cleared waivers. Arkin has yet to play a regular-season offensive snap for the Cowboys.

Drew Davison, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @drewdavison

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