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Lance Dunbar | Running Back | #25

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/25/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 195
College: North Texas
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Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee) remained sidelined at Wednesday's practice.
Dunbar is still experiencing knee issues after suffering a torn ACL last season. Even if he returns in time for Week 6, Dunbar's role will be limited behind workhorse and Rookie of the Year favorite Ezekiel Elliott. Oct 12 - 6:31 PM

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Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee) is questionable for Week 5 against the Bengals.

He didn't practice this week and is likely headed for his first absence of 2016. Dunbar has seen just 49 snaps on offense this year, so it isn't a big loss for Dallas. The Cowboys will continue to funnel their running game through workhorse Ezekiel Elliott.
Oct 7 - 3:29 PM

Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee) was held out of Friday's practice and is not expected to play in Week 5.

Whereas Jimmy Graham's patellar-tendon recovery has seemingly gone off without hitch, Dunbar appears to be experiencing setbacks. Dunbar's absence should translate to a slight uptick in passing-game usage for Ezekiel Elliott.
Oct 7 - 12:53 PM

Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice.

Dunbar will have to put in at least a limited session Friday to have any chance of suiting up Sunday against the Bengals. The 26 year old has seen just 10 touches across four games.
Oct 6 - 4:06 PM

Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee) didn't practice on Wednesday.

If Dunbar got hurt in Sunday's win over San Francisco, we must have missed it. Dunbar tore his ACL in 2015 but hasn't looked any worse for the wear this season. He's been splitting backup duties with Alfred Morris.
Oct 5 - 4:32 PM

Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar rushed once for two yards and caught 2-of-2 targets for 14 yards in Sunday's Week 4 win over San Francisco.

He out-snapped Alfred Morris 17 to 12, but Dunbar barely got the ball when he was in the game. Dunbar is the Cowboys' lightly-used passing-game specialist.
Oct 2 - 7:55 PM

Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar rushed three times for six yards and caught 2-of-2 targets for 26 yards in Dallas' Week 2 win over the Redskins.

The Cowboys' No. 3 back behind Ezekiel Elliott and Alfred Morris, Dunbar is coming back from a ruptured patellar tendon and torn ACL. He made some nice plays in the passing game Sunday and will be someone to keep tabs on.
Sep 18 - 5:05 PM

Lance Dunbar caught 1-of-2 targets for 16 yards in Dallas' Week 1 loss to the Giants.

Surprisingly ready for the regular season, Dunbar appeared to have plenty of juice on his 16-yard grab, making a few nice cutbacks. Dunbar could eventually start catching 3-4 weekly passes, but isn't yet a viable PPR option.
Sep 11 - 8:26 PM

Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar is active for Week 1 against the Giants.

Zeke Elliott should still see most of the Cowboys' third-down work, but Dunbar will be mixed in on passing downs. Inactive for the Cowboys are QB Tony Romo, S Dax Swanson, RB Darius Jackson, DB Kavon Frazier, LB Mark Nzeocha, OG Ron Leary and DE Charles Tapper.
Sep 11 - 3:11 PM

The Fort Worth-Star Telegram says Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar "appears ready to play" in Week 1.

Dunbar made a remarkable recovery from tears to his ACL and patellar tendon and is on track to be active against the Giants, although his role is unclear. Dunbar is a passing-game specialist on a run-first team. Even whenever he is back to 100 percent, Dunbar will have a tough time carving out meaningful touches.
Sep 9 - 1:56 PM

Cowboys activated RB Lance Dunbar (knee surgery) from active/PUP.

After Dunbar tore his ACL and patellar tendon last season, Cowboys beat writers spent the spring expecting Dunbar to open 2016 on reserve/PUP, costing him the first six games. Instead, Dunbar made a remarkable recovery and is now in position to begin the year on Dallas' 53-man roster. When healthy, Dunbar is a Theo Riddick-type player who can be useful as a situational space back.
Aug 22 - 4:52 PM

Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee, active/PUP) tweeted he has been "cleared" and is "ready to go."

Dunbar's tweet is not clear about what he has been cleared to do, but it sounds like he could be back on the practice field this week. Dunbar reportedly tore both the ACL and patellar tendon in his left knee Week 4 of last season.
Aug 20 - 4:36 PM

According to ESPN Dallas, Lance Dunbar is recovering from both a torn ACL and torn patellar tendon in his left knee.

Reports on the exact nature of Dunbar's knee injury have been fairly scarce, but are seemingly getting worse over the course of the offseason. We previously believed he tore the MCL and patellar tendon. Nevertheless, ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer reports Dunbar has made an incredible recovery, is "far closer to returning to the field than most imagined," and "could return at some point during training camp." When healthy, Dunbar is a useful space back who could earn a receiving-oriented role.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Aug 2 - 7:27 PM

Cowboys placed RB Lance Dunbar (knee) on the active/PUP list.

Dunbar is still on the mend after tearing his MCL and patellar tendon in October. It's a grueling rehab that often comes with setbacks. Dunbar is a strong candidate to remain on PUP into the season, costing him the first six weeks.
Jul 29 - 11:34 AM

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones said the team has not "totally ruled out" Lance Dunbar (knee) participating in training camp.

Coming off a devastating October knee injury which included a patellar tendon tear, Dunbar was fully expected to begin the season on the reserve/PUP list. That remains a possibility, but it is clear the Cowboys are happy with his recovery. "He’s worked so hard and come so far, so fast – a lot faster than anyone dreamed he could come," Jones said. "We’ve also got to do what’s right in his best interest and certainly not jeopardize any of the hard work he’s put into this. But I think we’ve got a great look at what he can [do] for us." Dunbar could eat into Ezekiel Elliott's passing-down work if he proves healthy.
Jul 19 - 9:01 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Dak Prescott
2Mark Sanchez
3Tony Romo
RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Alfred Morris
3Lance Dunbar
4Darius Jackson
5Darren McFadden
GLB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Alfred Morris
3RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Lance Dunbar
FB1Keith Smith
2Rod Smith
WR11Dez Bryant
2Cole Beasley
3Lucky Whitehead
WR21Terrance Williams
2Brice Butler
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2Geoff Swaim
3James Hanna
LT1Tyron Smith
LG1Ronald Leary
C1Travis Frederick
2Joe Looney
RG1Zack Martin
RT1Doug Free
2Chaz Green
K1Dan Bailey