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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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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

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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 Cowboys.com'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

Lance Dunbar rushed 12 times for 82 yards and caught a 12-yard pass in Dallas' Week 13 win over Oakland.

Dunbar has more burst and wiggle than DeMarco Murray, although Dallas' change-of-pace back is not a realistic threat to Murray's starting job. The Cowboys fancy Dunbar a speedy change-up back while Murray does the heavy lifting. And there's no question Murray is superior in pass protection. Dunbar will be a weak flex option when Dallas takes on Chicago in Week 14.
Thu, Nov 28, 2013 08:49:00 PM

Lance Dunbar rushed three times for 20 yards and caught two passes for 26 yards in the Cowboys' Week 12 win over the Giants.

Finally healthy after a multitude of injuries, Dunbar stepped up as DeMarco Murray's change of pace, breaking off a number of big gains both on the ground and as a screen-pass receiver. Dunbar is not a recommended handcuff for Murray because the Cowboys envision Joseph Randle as more of a carry-the-mail type back. They only see Dunbar as a change-of-pace complement.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 07:59:00 PM

Backing up Joseph Randle in the absence of DeMarco Murray, Lance Dunbar carried the ball five times for 16 yards in Dallas' Week 8 loss to the Lions.

Active for the first time since Week 5, Dunbar (hamstring) wasn't targeted in the passing game. It's possible Dunbar will be in for a bigger role behind Randle in Week 9 if Murray isn't ready to return, but the early signs suggest Murray will suit up against the Vikings. Dunbar is off the 12-team league radar.
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 05:27:00 PM

Lance Dunbar (hamstring) is listed as probable for Week 8.

Dunbar will make his return against the Lions. He'll be in the mix for change-of-pace carries with Joseph Randle and Phillip Tanner behind DeMarco Murray.
Fri, Oct 25, 2013 04:40:00 PM

Lance Dunbar (hamstring) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

Dunbar is going to be active for Week 8. The question is whether he'll be Dallas' No. 2 or 3 running back. The answer depends on DeMarco Murray's (knee) status. For now, it appears Murray will play, bumping Dunbar down to No. 3 billing behind rookie Joseph Randle.
Thu, Oct 24, 2013 06:10:00 PM

Lance Dunbar (hamstring) is practicing Wednesday.

Dunbar is fully expected to play Sunday, but he missed his chance for a real role. DeMarco Murray (knee) could be back and Joseph Randle played well enough in Week 8 to carry the mail again if needed.
Wed, Oct 23, 2013 12:32:00 PM

The Cowboys expect Lance Dunbar (hamstring) to practice this week.

They're optimistic he'll be available against the Lions. Although Dunbar opened the season as the Cowboys' No. 2 back behind DeMarco Murray, the team does not envision Dunbar as a carry-the-mail type. If he returns this week, expect Dunbar, Joseph Randle, and Phillip Tanner to form a three-way RBBC.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 05:29:00 PM

Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (hamstring) is listed as out for Week 7.

Phillip Tanner will be Joseph Randle's backup against the Eagles.
Fri, Oct 18, 2013 02:13:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tony Romo
2Kyle Orton
3Brandon Weeden
RB1DeMarco Murray
2Lance Dunbar
3Joseph Randle
GLB1DeMarco Murray
2Joseph Randle
3RB1DeMarco Murray
2Lance Dunbar
FB1Tyler Clutts
WR11Dez Bryant
2Cole Beasley
3Lance Lewis
4Tim Benford
WR21Terrance Williams
2Dwayne Harris
3Jamar Newsome
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2James Hanna
3Gavin Escobar
K1Dan Bailey