Running back Lance Dunbar began the off-season not knowing where he would play next year.
After free agent trips to San Francisco, Seattle an Chicago, Dunbar got his wish and signed one-year deal to the return to the Dallas Cowboys.
Now the question is when will he able to play?
Dunbar saw his 2015 season cut short in October when he suffered a major injury to his left knee against the New Orleans Saints, tearing the anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and the patella tendon.
There is a chance he might not be ready for the start of the regular season, let alone the start of training camp and is a good candidate to put on the physically unable to perform list.
Dunbar plans to work as hard as he can and lean on his faith.
“I’m not worried about that,” Dunbar said. "I’m just trying to get better today and when that time comes to cross that path, we will. I’m just trying to get better each and every day so I can be prepared for that time.
“I put all my trust in God. Everything happens for a reason, I really do believe that. At the end of the day it’s just going to make my story better, me coming back from all this.”
The uncertainty of his situation and the lengthy rehab are reasons Dunbar felt staying with the Cowboys was the right thing to do. He signed a one-year deal worth $1.75 million.
“Yeah, of course. They gave me an opportunity to play football and these guys really understand my body, how I healed and just my personality," Dunbar said. "What I’m going through right now, it’s really hard to switch teams. People don’t know who you are – they don’t know how you healed. This is about Dallas knowing my history. I felt like it was probably the safest move for me.”
As far as the rehab is concerned, Dunbar said he is taking it day by day. He just starting jogging and said there is no timeline for his return.
He admits it’s going to be a slow process. But nothing has been easy for him since joining the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2012.
"I feel fine. Just taking it slow and doing whatever they tell me to do, not trying to do too much,” Dunbar said. “Just get better today and if I get better today I’ll be better tomorrow. That’s been my process my whole career. I’m up for the challenge. It’s going to be fun. I’m not going to let this stop me from doing what I love.”