Hot Bull DeMarco Murray Injured a few hours ago
DeMarco Murray amassed 50 yards from scrimmage before his injury in the second quarter, and he also had a rushing touchdown. Murray is pretty important to the Cowboys offense, because he is a solid feature back who gives the offense some much-needed balance. There’s also a clear downgrade between Murray and the backups, so we can only hope that Murray’s injury isn’t too bad.
The third-year running back has a history with injuries, appearing in 13 games as a rookie and just 10 last year after spraining his foot in October. Murray has been one of the NFC's top running backs thus far in 2013; he entered the game with 399 rushing yards and two scores, including a monster performance in Week 3 against the Rams that put him in the running for Player of the Week honors.
After all, it isn’t uncommon, depending on the severity, for a player to miss four to six weeks after incurring the type of injury Murray suffered Sunday.
With Murray out, the Cowboys resorted to using rookie Joseph Randle, who never carried the ball before Sunday. Randle scored a touchdown that sealed the victory, but he gained only 17 yards on 11 attempts.
“There is a falloff there,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones acknowledged. “Any time another player comes out and doesn’t come back in, you’re concerned. We’re obviously playing well with him [Murray].”
But the Cowboys have been down this road before. This predicament was one they’ve faced far too frequently in recent seasons as their running game was missing its leading man. Murray was out after carrying the ball seven times for 29 yards and a touchdown. His absence cast a dark shadow over a Cowboys victory that had plenty of bright moments — from defensive end Kyle Wilber causing a momentum-swinging fumble to Dwayne Harris returning punt 86 yards for a touchdown.
“Any time a player comes out of the game and can’t go back in, you’re concerned,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “We’re playing well with him. There’s a fall-off there, but I also thought it was nice for Randle to get in there and get his feet wet. I think it’s only going to get better for him.”
Rookie Joseph Randle had 11 carries for 17 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown run, and caught two passes for 15 yards in relief of Murray.
The Cowboys might also get second-year running back Lance Dunbar back soon from a foot injury.
“We’ll get Dunbar back, and Murray back, and get back to full speed there at running back,” Jones said. “But obviously, I think Tanner and Randle, if he can’t go, will do a good job for us.”