Offseason workout partner helped Cowboys’ DeMarco Murray

IRVING, Texas – Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray deflects questions about the amount of work he has received this season like defenders. He doesn’t much care that he is 31 carries away from the most he has had in a season and that Monday’s game against the Washington Redskins is just the eighth game of the season. He says his body feels good. Part of it has to do with what he did in the offseason. Starting in March, before the official beginning of the Cowboys’ offseason program, Murray became Jason Witten’s workout partner.

Dez Bryant: DeMarco Murray’s milestones ‘big deal’ to teammates

IRVING, Texas -- DeMarco Murray insists that he does not care about setting records and hitting milestones. But his Dallas Cowboys teammates definitely care about Murray making history. "I'm pretty sure it's not [his goal], because he never talks about it," receiver Dez Bryant said. "Never talks about it at all. But the other guys around him, we all notice it and think about it. That's why we practice hard, so we can give him that opportunity to reach that.

Jakar Hamilton returns to practice

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys safety Jakar Hamilton returned to practice Friday after attending the funeral of his cousin. "Pushing through it one day at a time," Hamilton said after practice. Hamilton hasn't played in a game after serving his four-game suspension for violating the substance abuse policy. Defensive end Anthony Spencer was a limited participant in Friday's practice with a sprained foot. Tackle Doug Free (foot) and defensive end Jack Crawford (calf) didn't practice and won't play in Monday's game against the Washington Redskins.

Cowboys will keep some secrets because of Gruden connection

IRVING, Texas – At some point over the next few days, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and some players will have production meetings with ESPN, leading into the "Monday Night Football" matchup against the Washington Redskins. Asking those questions and observing practice will be analyst Jon Gruden, who just so happens to be the older brother of the Washington Redskins’ coach, Jay Gruden. Could that lead to a little awkwardness? “As you know, we’re probably a little bit guarded with all media people,” Garrett said.

Jerry Jones might not bid for Super Bowl if it means losing home game

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said it will be difficult for the franchise to bid on a Super Bowl because of a new rule that states NFL teams that are awarded the championship game will lose a regular-season home game. "That will put a difficult caveat to our bid," Jones said on 105.3 The Fan on Friday. "We probably will make a bid. They tell you what they want in a bid, but you can make a bid without what they want in a bid.

Tony Romo at practice, Cowboys’ health improving

IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys’ health keeps improving. With quarterback Tony Romo returning to practice after sitting Thursday’s workout, only right tackle Doug Free and defensive end Jack Crawford were missing from practice. Free is expected to miss two more games with a small fracture in his right foot. Crawford has been battling a strained calf for the last two weeks. Safety Jakar Hamilton returned to practice Friday after missing Thursday’s session to tend to a personal matter.

Prediction: Cowboys keep it rolling

IRVING, Texas -- This game will be more difficult than people believe. But the Dallas Cowboys are built for “dirty” games. Not dirty in the sense of temperament, but dirty in terms of how they will need to gain yards. DeMarco Murray has been able to handle the dirty work the last two games against the Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants while also putting up eight runs of 10 yards or more. Of note: Murray does not have a 100-yard game against the Redskins in five tries.