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Needing backfield depth, the Dallas Cowboys will pass on Ray Rice and Chris Johnson for now

Running back Ray Rice has not played since he was released by Baltimore after video surfaced of him punching his then-fiancée Janay Palmer.
Running back Ray Rice has not played since he was released by Baltimore after video surfaced of him punching his then-fiancée Janay Palmer. AP

The Dallas Cowboys appear to be content with their running back situation for the time being.

They released Ryan Williams on Tuesday, and signed Stephen F. Austin rookie Gus Johnson. But the three backs expected to make the opening day roster remain unchanged -- Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar.

The Cowboys are not planning to sign a veteran running back such as Ray Rice or Chris Johnson, instead willing to wait and see how the internal guys perform, according to a source.

Rice, a three-time Pro Bowl back, is not of interest as the team doesn't want to take on another player with a domestic violence issue as they already have Greg Hardy on the roster.

Johnson, another three-time Pro Bowler, also doesn't seem to be the right fit at this point. The Cowboys want a more physical runner than Johnson, who has lost some of his speed.

But, as the source said, "Never know what will happen in a couple weeks."

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