Robert Turbin didn’t arrive at Valley Ranch until early Wednesday. Yet, he could play Sunday, according to offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.
“He has made a great impression,” Linehan said Thursday. “This guy is a veteran. He’s played. He can make that transformation, because of that veteran-ism to flip what they call protection — he’s been in a couple places now — to what we do. I think that’s the thing he is showing. He is really a strong kid. You can see the body strength in the run game. We’ve had two practices with him out there. He carries his pads really well.
“What I have seen — it’s been 24 hours, two practices — real impressed. I think he is going to be a really good addition for our team.”
The Cowboys waived Christine Michael earlier this week. The team’s other backups to Darren McFadden haven’t been in town much longer than Turbin has.
The Cowboys claimed Rod Smith off waivers from Seattle on Oct. 14. They signed Trey Williams off Washington’s practice squad Nov. 4.
“I think the biggest thing is just getting Robert Turbin ready,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “He had a really good day [Wednesday]. He got up early and landed here and literally went right into a meeting and on the practice field, and I thought he handled the work really well. He was here late [Wednesday] night, just trying to understand what we’re asking our running backs to do.
“Line one is to get him ready to play as quickly as we can, and having said that the other two guys have to take advantage of their opportunity to show that they should be a part of this thing this weekend. It’s a good, competitive environment. I think each of those guys has handled it the right way.”
Smith has played in four career games, with two carries for 5 yards. He has played 10 snaps in the three games the Cowboys have had him active on game day, with no carries.
Williams has never played in the regular season.
Turbin, a fourth-year veteran, has played in 51 games with 249 carries for 988 yards and no touchdowns.
“I would not put it past him being up this week,” Linehan said.
“I’ve seen enough so far. We’ll see. We’ll make that decision Saturday. He’d be a guy we could certainly lean on if we call his number, even in this short period of time.”