Although it is only Monday, reports are surfacing that the Dallas Cowboys already are making plans to go with a different lead running back next week, as the Cowboys expect DeMarco Murray to miss the team’s Week 7 game against the Carolina Panthers.
Murray suffered ligament damage in his left foot during Sunday’s 31-29 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. He was off to a fast start as well, rushing for 93 yards on 14 carries into the third quarter. Murray had to leave and was replaced by Felix Jones, who also ran the ball well.
X-rays on the running back came back negative, but results of an MRI exam on Monday morning have not been revealed. Dallas is hopeful that it will not be another season-ending Lisfranc injury, like the ones already suffered by a few marquee players through the first six weeks of the 2012 NFL season. Still, nothing is known for certain.
Either way, the Cowboys have all but ruled Murray out already for their next game this Sunday against the Panthers. Jones will receive the bulk of the carries, but he has been injury prone throughout his entire NFL career as well, meaning we could see Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar for a few carries at least as well, as long as Murray remains sidelined.
This is not good news for the Cowboys, as their brittle players just cannot seem to remain healthy.