Cowboys Injuries Not Helping:Running Back DeMarco Murray remains sidelined

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IRVING, Texas — What seemed likely all week has happened as the Cowboys have ruled out DeMarco Murray for Sunday’s game at Philadelphia.

Murray, who will miss his fourth straight game because of a sprained foot, did not practice this week, but was in a helmet and cleats Thursday for his rehab.

He spent most of his time during the portion of practice open to the media Friday inside the weight room working out.

Cornerback Mike Jenkins missed his second straight day of practice with back spasms, but he said he should be able to play against the Eagles. Linebacker Dan Connor is unlikely to play because of stingers suffered in back-to-back games and is listed as doubtful.

Center Phil Costa (ankle), safety Matt Johnson (hamstring) and defensive end Sean Lissemore(ankle) also have been ruled out.

The Cowboys have said Murray needs to be 100 percent when he returns and he has to practice, something he has not done since Oct. 12, two days before getting hurt at Baltimore.

Felix Jones will start in Murray’s absence. He is listed as probable with a knee injury but was able to take part in three practices during the week. Wide receiver Dez Bryant (hip) also is listed as probable.

Nose tackle Jay Ratliff is listed as probable after going through a limited portion of practice Friday. He did not practice Wednesday or Thursday because of a sprained left ankle suffered last week against Atlanta.

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