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Gus Johnson is the latest injured Cowboys running back

Gus Johnson


The Cowboys have heard plenty of people tell them they need to add a running back to the roster, but they’ve responded to all questions about their plans at the position by saying that they’re comfortable with the group of players they already have.

At some point, though, sheer attrition may force them to make a move. Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar sat out Thursday night’s game with the Chargers because of injuries and Joseph Randle was held out after returning to practice after tweaking his oblique a few days ago, leaving the team with two backs in uniform.

Only one of them made it through the entire contest. Gus Johnson, an undrafted rookie from Stephen F. Austin who got the start, left with what coach Jason Garrett called an AC joint separation in his shoulder.

“It was disappointing,” Johnson said, via the Dallas Morning News. “You get banged up playing football. It’s what happens. Sometimes the pads can’t be your hero. It’ll be fine.”

That may be the case, but the reality for the Cowboys is that they don’t have enough healthy bodies at the position with three of the five players sidelined and/or in varying stages of recovery from injuries.