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Lance Dunbar limps off, but Cowboys don’t believe right ankle injury is serious

Dallas Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar injured his right ankle in Wednesday’s practice.
Dallas Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar injured his right ankle in Wednesday’s practice. AP

Lance Dunbar limped off the practice field with a right ankle injury, but Stephen Jones said afterward that the Cowboys believe the running back’s injury isn’t serious.

“You don’t know until you get in there and look,” the team’s executive vice president said. “We don’t think so. I’ll preface that: You’ve really got to get in there and spend time with it.”

Dunbar missed seven games in 2013 with foot, hamstring and a knee injury that landed him on injured reserve. His size – 5 foot 8, 195 pounds – has been cause for concern about how much of a load he can carry, but the Cowboys have plans to make him a bigger part of the offense this season.

Jones, though, said the Cowboys aren’t concerned about the injuries Dunbar had two seasons ago. Dunbar played in all 16 games last season, though he had only 47 total touches.

“I wouldn’t say that we wouldn’t count on him,” Jones said. “I don’t think he’s not at that level in terms of his injury history at all. I think he can do more for sure. I think that was an awkward tackle or hit that was made on him. I think it just tweaked something. We don’t really think it’s a serious issue at this point.”

The Cowboys now are without two of their top three backs. Darren McFadden started training camp on the physically unable to perform list with a tweaked left hamstring, but McFadden said he could return as soon as Saturday.

“I think he’s making great progress,” Jones said. “We’re doing it the way we want to do it, which is really going to make sure when we put him out there that there’s nothing lingering with him. I think we’ll get better results that way.”

Jones said the Cowboys have no plans to sign a veteran running back right now. Stephen Jackson is the latest veteran free agent running back to tweet his interest in playing for the Cowboys.