The Dallas Cowboys’ primary source of offense suffered a season-ending injury for a second consecutive year on Sunday night. Early in Dallas’ primetime matchup against the New York Giants, Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray went down with two ankle injuries on the same play. One of Murray’s ankles is broken and the other has a high ankle sprain. The Cowboys’ brightest spot this season is done.
Murray averaged right at six yards per carry since taking over as the Cowboys’ starter on Oct. 23 and was on pace for over 1,000 rushing yards this season. Although Felix Jones played well in Murray’s absence against the Giants, Dallas’ offense now becomes one-dimensional again.
The Cowboys got two key players back from injury in time for the Giants game in fullback Tony Fiammetta and receiver Miles Austin, but Murray’s fractured ankle is a huge blow to Dallas’ offense. Now opposing defenses won’t hesitate to pin their ears back and rush Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, forcing the Cowboys to throw the ball close to 40 times each game.
Dallas must now look through all the NFL practice squads and the bottom of the free agent pool for a running back or two to backup Jones. The Cowboys are truly in dire straights now with Phillip Tanner on injured reserve. Things truly look bleak for the Cowboys’ running game for the remainder of the season.
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