Who will fill in if Murray is out?
October, 14, 2013
By Tom Carpenter | ESPN Insider
If there are two things we know about Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray they are that he can rack up big rushing stats and that he will get hurt. True to form, he topped the 90-yard mark three times this season, the 200-yard mark once, chipped in a touchdown in three of his past four games, and exited Sunday's contest with a knee injury. We won't know the extent of the injury until results of a Monday MRI are revealed, but there is some hope that he will be able to play through it, if the sprain is deemed relatively minor.
"Murray has a sprained MCL in his left knee. The team is not sure of the severity of the injury, but Felix Jones played through the injury last season with a heavy tape job on both knees," wrote ESPNDallas.com's Todd Archer.
To whom will the Cowboys turn if Murray is forced to sit out some games?
- Lance Dunbar: Dunbar sports a nice 5.4 YPC this season, but he's only had seven carries and missed Sunday's game with a hamstring injury. He was a non-factor as an undrafted free agent last season and offers little in the way of between-the-tackles play, since he is just 5-foot-8 and 188 pounds.
- Phillip Tanner: He has just three rushing yards on five attempts this season and got only one carry yesterday. He was also an afterthought last season when Murray was sidelined.