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Lance Dunbar | Running Back

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (24) / 1/25/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 188
College: North Texas
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ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer believes Lance Dunbar's role would only "expand a little" if DeMarco Murray missed time.
Dunbar isn't a traditional "handcuff" -- he wouldn't become a true every-down back with Murray out -- but he'd certainly lead Dallas' backfield in touches and be heavily involved as a passing-down specialist on a pass-happy team, giving Dunbar plenty of prospective handcuff value. With Murray healthy, Archer expects 24-year-old Dunbar to be utilized in the screen game and as a change-of-pace back. He could shoot from something like 6-9 touches per game to 14-18 with Murray out. Dunbar is still very much worth stashing by Murray owners, with an outside chance at standalone flex value even with Murray healthy. Jul 13 - 1:48 PM
Source: ESPN Dallas

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Cowboys RBs coach Gary Brown said Lance Dunbar can line up anywhere on the field, including "tailback, at wide receiver, in the slot."

"He's a guy that's going to be a complete weapon," Brown added. "We're looking forward to using him."'s Nick Eatman issued a fantasy alert on Dunbar after spring practices, saying Dunbar needs to be owned in every league. There's plenty of late-round flier appeal. New OC Scott Linehan got healthy RB2 production out of Joique Bell in Detroit last season behind Reggie Bush.
Jun 24 - 8:45 AM

The Cowboys are "creating stuff" for Lance Dunbar during OTAs.

Per Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' official site, the team has "big plans" for Dunbar. It's more buzz for an undersized yet shifty change-of-pace back that is the favorite for No. 2 RB duties. Given DeMarco Murray's injury history and Scott Linehan's history of using two backs, there's late-round flier appeal here.
Jun 11 - 9:29 AM

Lance Dunbar is "excited" about his role in the Cowboys' offense.

Dunbar watched tape of the Lions offense to get an idea of how OC Scott Linehan likes to call games. The Cowboys could install more of a two-back system under Linehan, so Dunbar should have an expanded role in the passing offense if he can stay healthy. Dunbar averaged 5.0 YPC and had seven receptions in a change-of-pace role prior to going down last season.
Source: ESPN Dallas
May 30 - 8:25 PM

Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' website reports new OC Scott Linehan "loves" RB Lance Dunbar.

Dunbar has been earmarked by those who cover the Cowboys as a player primed for a breakout season. Linehan loved using both Reggie Bush and Joique Bell in Detroit, and Dunbar has soft hands in the passing game. As the favorite for No. 2 duties behind an injury-prone DeMarco Murray, Dunbar will be one of the top handcuff backs to own and could even flirt with standalone flex value.
May 18 - 10:11 AM

ESPNDallas' Todd Archer thinks RB Lance Dunbar is a good fit for new Cowboys playcaller Scott Linehan's offense.

Linehan loves to use his backs in the passing game, and Dunbar has the skill set to be a dynamic playmaker in the open field. He will carry upside as the clear-cut No. 2 back behind the injury-prone DeMarco Murray.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Apr 26 - 10:10 AM

Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee surgery) said he's 100 percent.

The left knee injury Dunbar sustained on Thanksgiving is behind him. He's projected as the clear-cut No. 2 back behind DeMarco Murray and will have some upside as a handcuff. Dunbar has flashed legit juice (5.0 YPC in '13) and is a nice fit in Scott Linehan's pass-happy scheme.
Apr 23 - 12:25 PM

Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee) will participate in this week's OTAs.

Dunbar sustained ligament damage in his left knee on Thanksgiving and never got back on the field. His ability to get work in this week confirms there was no ACL tear. Dunbar projects as DeMarco Murray's top handcuff this season.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Apr 21 - 10:14 AM

Cowboys RBs coach Gary Brown said Lance Dunbar (knee surgery) is doing well.

Dunbar sustained a ligament injury in his left knee on Thanksgiving. The Cowboys never revealed the exact extent of the injury, but it's not thought to be an ACL tear. We should know more on the speedy Dunbar's status when the Cowboys convene for the beginning of the offseason program later this month. If healthy, he's the favorite for backup duties behind DeMarco Murray.
Apr 14 - 8:41 AM

Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' official website expects Lance Dunbar to have a bigger role on offense in 2014.

Broaddus cites new play-caller Scott Linehan's ability to get his running backs in space with the Lions, and anticipates Linehan doing the same with DeMarco Murray and Dunbar. Both Murray and Dunbar have above-average hands as pass catchers, and it's not out of the question that Dunbar could be sort of a poor man's Joique Bell. Dunbar has flashed explosive playmaking ability in limited opportunities the past two seasons. He's the favorite for No. 2 duties.
Feb 5 - 1:08 PM

Lance Dunbar (knee surgery) will be on crutches for two more weeks.

Dunbar sustained a posterior lateral corner injury on Thanksgiving. He's expected to make a full recovery in time to participate in April OTAs. "The doctors told me I should be fine, and I should feel like I didn't even have surgery," he said. "It's feeling good now. I can bend it; have full range of motion, so we'll see." Dunbar will be battling Joseph Randle for 2014 backup duties.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jan 2 - 12:23 PM

Cowboys placed RB Lance Dunbar on injured reserve with a knee injury, ending his season.

This was purely a procedural move. Dunbar underwent surgery on his left knee last week and already confirmed he would miss the rest of the season. Dunbar suffered some ligament damage in his knee in the Thanksgiving Day game against the Raiders. Joseph Randle and Phillip Tanner will back up DeMarco Murray.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 05:14:00 PM

Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee) confirmed he's out for the season.

Dunbar suffered ligament damage to his left knee during Thursday's win over the Raiders and is expected to be sidelined three months after undergoing surgery. He shouldn't have any trouble getting cleared for training camp in 2014 and will be back to compete for a change-of-pace role behind DeMarco Murray.
Sat, Nov 30, 2013 05:09:00 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports the Cowboys fear Lance Dunbar will require season-ending surgery on his injured knee.

Dunbar was originally believed to have suffered only a left knee hyperextension. He underwent a late-Friday MRI on the joint, however, and the results must have shown a ligament tear of some sort. Per's Bryan Broaddus, it's a torn "posterior lateral corner" in the knee. The surgery would sideline Dunbar for three months, extending well beyond the playoffs. It's a real shame for a player coming off a breakout, 94-yard game on Thanksgiving Day.
Fri, Nov 29, 2013 02:08:00 PM

Lance Dunbar will undergo an MRI on Friday after he hyperextended his left knee in Thursday's win over the Raiders.

Dunbar hurt his knee with about five minutes left to play in the fourth quarter. On the afternoon, he racked up 94 yards on 13 touches as DeMarco Murray's change-of-pace complement. Dunbar will have ten days to get ready for the Bears in Week 14. He's not a particularly enticing flex option in fantasy.
Fri, Nov 29, 2013 08:29:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Tony Romo
2Brandon Weeden
3Caleb Hanie
4Dustin Vaughan
RB1DeMarco Murray
2Lance Dunbar
3Joseph Randle
4Ryan Williams
5Ben Malena
GLB1DeMarco Murray
2Lance Dunbar
3RB1DeMarco Murray
2Lance Dunbar
FB1Tyler Clutts
2J.C. Copeland
WR11Dez Bryant
2Cole Beasley
3Tim Benford
4Jamar Newsome
5Dezmon Briscoe
WR21Terrance Williams
2Dwayne Harris
3Devin Street
4LaRon Byrd
5L'Damian Washington
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2Gavin Escobar
3James Hanna
4Jordan Najvar
5Dallas Walker
K1Dan Bailey