Dallas Cowboys

Joseph Randle returns to practice, likely out vs. Chargers

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Cowboys running back Joseph Randle returned to practice Tuesday, going through the early portions of practice before working on the side during team drills.

Randle missed most of Monday’s practice with a strained oblique, and is not expected to play in the preseason opener vs. the Chargers on Thursday in San Diego.

“I would love to play [Thursday], but that’s not up to me,” Randle said. “That’s the coaching staff’s job to do that kind of stuff, so we’ll let them do their job.”

Coach Jason Garrett would not get into specifics about which players would or wouldn’t participate in Thursday’s game. But it’s hard to see the Cowboys running Randle out there given the thinness of the position already.

Darren McFadden (hamstring) remains on the physically unable to perform list, and is not going to return to practice until Saturday at the earliest. And Lance Dunbar has been slowed with an ankle injury in recent days, and didn’t practice Tuesday.

Randle, McFadden and Dunbar, of course, are the three projected running backs to form a committee in hopes of duplicating the success DeMarco Murray had.

With those three out vs. the Chargers, the Cowboys will give rookie Gus Johnson and former Baylor back Lache Seastrunk plenty of touches during the game. Johnson ran with the first team offense during team drills Tuesday, and fullback Tyler Clutts got most of the second team carries.

Seastrunk, meanwhile, worked with the third team.