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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 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

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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

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones said Monday that Lance Dunbar (knee) may be ready to go "sooner rather than later."

What exactly that means, of course, we have no idea. A specialty passing-game type of scatback, Dunbar shredded his MCL and patellar tendon last October. To this point, at least, Dunbar was viewed as a reserve/PUP candidate to open the season. We would still anticipate Dunbar opening camp on the active/PUP list. If healthy, Dunbar could put a dent into Ezekiel Elliott's receiving upside.
Jul 18 - 5:52 PM

Lance Dunbar (knee) has been limited to rehab work at OTAs.

Dunbar will be sidelined until at least training camp. He remains likely to open 2016 on reserve/PUP. Even when healthy, Dunbar isn’t guaranteed a spot behind Alfred Morris, Darren McFadden, and rookie Ezekiel Elliott.
Jun 4 - 7:47 PM

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer expects Lance Dunbar (ACL, MCL, patellar tendon) to open the 2016 season on reserve/PUP.

He should be removed from fantasy draft boards after shredding his knee last October, and Dunbar can't be counted on for a 2016 impact by the Cowboys. With Dunbar on the shelf, Dallas' running back room is currently comprised of Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris, Rod Smith, and Ben Malena. Although Ezekiel Elliott at No. 4 seems like a reach, we'd fully expect the Cowboys to draft a running back. Ideally, it would be on the draft's second day.
Apr 25 - 1:46 PM

In addition to his ACL, Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar tore his MCL and patellar tendon last October.

The revelation was caught in an ESPN column by Rotoviz's Jeff Budoff, a licensed orthopedic surgeon. Patellar tendon tears are among the worst injuries an NFL player can suffer, with few known success stories following the injury. As Budoff notes, they "usually" result in a "loss of explosive leg power." Dunbar had his patellar tendon repaired last October, but had to wait until December to undergo ACL surgery. Dunbar recently admitted there is "no timeline" for his return. He could be a reserve/PUP candidate to open 2016.
Source: Rotoviz
Apr 11 - 4:14 PM

Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (ACL) said there is "no timeline" for his return.

"I’m just taking it day by day, getting better," Dunbar said. "Just trying to get better each and every day because if you do that, at the end I’ll be the best I can be." Dunbar tore his ACL last October. He only recently began jogging and admitted his recovery could be a slow process. It remains possible he begins the season on the PUP list.
Mar 31 - 11:26 AM

Cowboys re-signed RB Lance Dunbar to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

Dunbar went on quite a free agency tours, visiting the Bears, Seahawks and 49ers, but finding a new home was always going to be tough as he comes off a torn ACL. This is probably the best-case scenario for the 26-year-old scatback, who can rehab in a familiar environment as he looks to rebuild his value. Dunbar went down in Week 4 last season. It's possible he begins the year on the reserve/PUP list.
Mar 17 - 5:38 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
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
LG1La'El Collins
2Ronald Leary
C1Travis Frederick
2Joe Looney
RG1Zack Martin
RT1Doug Free
2Chaz Green
K1Dan Bailey