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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 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

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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

Free agent Lance Dunbar is visiting the Bears on Wednesday.

Dunbar has been making the rounds the past week. Before Chicago, he visited San Francisco and Seattle. Teams may simply be taking a look-see to check in on the status of his knee after Dunbar suffered a torn ACL in Week 4 last season. Wherever he lands, Dunbar will be a candidate for touches as a pass-game specialist. Dunbar turned 26 in January.
Mar 16 - 9:46 AM

Free agent RB Lance Dunbar is visiting the Seahawks.

He previously met with the division-rival 49ers. Dunbar is a 26-year-old scatback. He could be a passing-down option behind Thomas Rawls in Seattle.
Mar 13 - 4:41 PM

Free agent RB Lance Dunbar will visit the 49ers.

An intriguing scatback type in Dallas, Dunbar tore his ACL in Week 4 of last season. Dunbar should cost something around the league's minimum salary.
Mar 9 - 8:57 PM

Cowboys placed Lance Dunbar on season-ending injured reserve with a torn ACL.

This is just a formality after Dunbar underwent surgery on Friday. WR Vince Mayle was added off the practice squad in a corresponding move. Mayle could play snaps with Dez Bryant (foot) and Brice Butler (hamstring) out, but he is not worth a look in any fantasy league.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 11:35:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tony Romo
2Dak Prescott
3Jameill Showers
RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Darren McFadden
3Alfred Morris
4Darius Jackson
5Lance Dunbar
GLB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Darren McFadden
3RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Darren McFadden
WR11Dez Bryant
2Cole Beasley
3Lucky Whitehead
4Rodney Smith
5Richard Mullaney
WR21Terrance Williams
2Brice Butler
3Andy Jones
4Devin Street
5Chris Brown
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2James Hanna
3Gavin Escobar
4Geoff Swaim
5Rico Gathers
LT1Tyron Smith
2Bryan Witzmann
LG1La'El Collins
2Ronald Leary
3Boston Stiverson
C1Travis Frederick
2Joe Looney
3Jake Brendel
RG1Zack Martin
RT1Doug Free
2Chaz Green
3Ryan Mack
K1Dan Bailey
2Matt Wile