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DeMarco Murray: I'll play in all 16 Cowboys games

DeMarco Murray sat out another practice with the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday.

He hopes to return Wednesday, but it's not the type of start that inspires confidence Murray can shake the injury bug that has marred each of his first two seasons in the NFL. Murray is confident this is the year he proves himself to be a durable featured back, skeptics be damned.

"That's something I can't control," Murray said, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I can't control if anything happens. All I can do is go out there, play hard, play fast, play physical. Once I'm out there, I don't think there's any question about anything."

"I am going to play all 16 (games) this year, and I'm excited," Murray said. "It's going to be a great year for us."

Murray didn't specify if his confidence is based on a good feeling or because of changes to his approach or offseason training plan.

"DeMarco, he's going to be good," wide receiver Dez Bryant said. "The thing about it is, we're in (organized team activities) and we don't want to get him out there when he's not ready and something comes up. We need him throughout the whole year. Not only for DeMarco but for every player, we don't want to rush anybody. He's a great player and he's probably one of the biggest pieces to this puzzle. He's doing fine."

So much of the Cowboys' season will hang on their ability to find better balance to their offense. With legitimate depth concerns, they can't afford to lose Murray again.

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