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Joseph Randle exits with back injury, unsure of timetable for return

Joseph Randle had only two carries for 24 yards Sunday before exiting with a back injury.
Joseph Randle had only two carries for 24 yards Sunday before exiting with a back injury. Star-Telegram

Joseph Randle injured his back Sunday, forcing him to exit in the first quarter and not return.

“I just couldn’t go no more,” Randle said.

Randle had only two carries for 24 yards before his back forced him to the sideline. Randle attempted to get loose on a stationary bike on the sideline a couple of times, but to no avail.

“Man, it hurt me dearly to have to sit out there and watch my team without me,” Randle said.

Randle doesn’t know how serious the injury is, or if it will limit him going forward. He wasn’t ready to speculate on the timeframe.

“I know I couldn’t play today,” Randle said. “So I’m going to get in there and work super hard on getting it treated, and we’ll see where it goes from there.”

Owner Jerry Jones also doesn’t know how serious Randle’s injury is at this point. Jones said Randle had back cramps throughout the week in practice, but it didn’t limit him in those sessions.

Randle was not listed on the Cowboys injury report.

“He complained a little of back cramps but didn’t limit him at all in practice so that to that extent that’s what he had,” Jones said. “It probably today it was more of McFadden was just having such an outstanding day in every part of his game. I would say from my perspective we went with the hot hand there.”

Randle missed time in training camp with a strained oblique.

Randle is still the team’s leading rusher with 313 yards on 76 carries. McFadden, though, closed the gap with a 152-yard day Sunday. He now has 281 rushing yards on 66 carries.

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