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Posted 10 November 2012 - 12:25 AM

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Eagles Opponent Update: Murray out

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The Eagles' injury-ravaged offensive line will face a tough task in DeMarcus Ware Sunday as the Cowboys take the field at the Linc (see story).

LeSean McCoy was held out of practice two days this week with flu symptoms, but says he'll be fine come Sunday (see story).

Now, let's take a look at the news coming out of Dallas heading into Sunday's showdown.

Murray out
The Cowboys have ruled out running back DeMarco Murray for Sunday's matchup with the Eagles, according to ESPNDallas.com.

Murray, who will miss his fourth straight game because of a sprained foot, did not practice this week.

The Cowboys have said Murray needs to be at 100 percent health and must be able to practice in order to return.

Felix Jones will get the start in place of Murray on Sunday.

Ratliff dresses for practice
Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff (ankle) dressed for Friday's practice after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday, according to the Star-Telegram.

Coach Jason Garrett said he was "certainly hopeful he will play" Sunday against the Eagles.

Garrett also hinted that Ratliff's lack of practice reps would not be a factor in deciding if the four-time Pro Bowler will play Sunday.

"Different guys can handle not practicing different than other guys,” Garrett said. “The more veteran players, obviously, they’re more able to play in the game without practicing. You’re making individual judgments as much as you can."

Ryan has kind words for Birds
Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan called the Eagles the NFL's most-talented team and LeSean McCoy the best running back in the league, according to the Cowboys' official website.

“I think he’s tremendous,” Ryan said of McCoy. “He’s so talented. He’s got vision everywhere. He’s so quick. I think Mornhinweg’s probably the only guy that can stop him, because the guy’s phenomenal. If they don’t give it to him, that’s a good thing.”

Turnovers have been an issue this season for Michael Vick and the Eagles, but he didn't fumble or throw an interception in either game against the Cowboys last year. Vick has been sacked 27 times this season behind a banged-up offensive line.

“I’m surprised every time he’s brought down,” Ryan said. “Another super-talented guy. This is the most talented team in football. When you look at the X’s and O’s, that’s the truth about this team. There’re two really hungry teams going at it in Philly in Sunday.”