Joseph Randle injury: Cowboys rookie RB limited after thumb surgery

Brett Deering

The Dallas Cowboys are without their rookie running back -- who they'll likely need to play a lot this year -- as the offseason work begins.

Dallas Cowboys fifth-round selection Joseph Randle is missing out on much of the action at the team's offseason activities, reports Cowboys Corner. The team was aware the rookie running back would be unavailable when they drafted him. With his hand in a cast, Randle is absent from the on-field action, though team owner Jerry Jones stressed there was still a great deal Randle could do to mentally prepare for the upcoming season.

The Oklahoma State standout was expected to be drafted well before the fifth round, and the Cowboys are expecting him to serve as the primary backup to DeMarco Murray. Murray has a history of injury, missing six games in the 2012 season, meaning a role as his backup is likely to be a big one.

Randle played for three years at Oklahoma State, putting up 1,216 yards in his sophomore season and 1,417 yards as a junior. Oklahoma State blog Cowboys Ride for Free noted his big-play ability, something that Dallas could certainly use. The Cowboys finished second from the bottom of the league, averaging just 79.1 rushing yards per game in the 2012 season.

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