Dallas Cowboys fans and fantasy footballers took special note of the team’s roster in last night’s 31-16 win over the Washington Redskins. Running Back DeMarco Murray left the game early in the second corner with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
“We thought DeMarco would be back out there but decided against it,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said.
Murray is scheduled for an MRI today, alongside Defensive End DeMarcus Ware, who left in the second quarter with a strained right quadriceps. It is unknown if Murray, who missed nine games in his first two seasons, will miss any playing time with the injury.
An integral part of the team’s running game, DeMarco Murray was third in the league in rushing entering the game, averaging 4.8 yards per carry. He scored on the team’s opening drive, a 4-yard scramble from the shotgun.
“Yeah, DeMarco, that’s going to be a tough loss,” quarterback Tony Romo told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Running Back’s Joseph Randle and Philip Tanner didn’t manage much in Murray’s absence: Randle had 11 carries for 17 yards and Tanner had one carry for 2 yards. With RB Lance Dunbar already out with a hamstring injury, the Cowboys hope DeMarco Murray is back sooner than later; as NFL.com’s Kevin Patra points out, without Murray, all the weight falls on Romo.
“We’re playing well with (Murray),” Dallas vice president Stephen Jones said. “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.”
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