It appears the Dallas Cowboys will be without leading rusher DeMarco Murray for the fourth straight week as the team gets ready to play the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend. Murray continues to suffer from a sprained left foot he injured against the Baltimore Ravens in week 6.
ESPN’s Ed Werder reported today the Cowboys no to expect Murray to suit up in a division battle that could essentially end the playoff dream for one of these teams. In Murray’s absence, Felix Jones continues to start, but his own injury problems have led to rookie Lance Dunbar getting more carries, with Phillip Tanner spelling them both.
Murray still has an outside chance of playing this week, but according to Jason Garrett Murray hasn’t been able to pass some of the tests needed to get back onto the field. “So there’s a number of different thresholds that he has to get past before he can even practice. We obviously want him to practice before he plays in the game.”
It does not look good.
Obviously this isn’t the news Cowboys fans wanted to hear, especially since the Cowboys have struggled to run the ball recently and Jones can’t seem to stay healthy enough to be the full-time running back. Murray gives the Cowboys the blend of power and speed they need to wear down the defense and that element has been missing since Murray has been out of the lineup.
I find it strange that Murray is still trying to get back onto the field off of a sprain, but I’m not a doctor. The Cowboys need a healthy DeMarco Murray back and fast. If the Cowboys can win this week and keep their playoff hopes alive, their chances would get even better with a healthy Murray down the stretch.
Time is running out and the Cowboys need Murray to get healthy, it just doesn’t look like it’ll happen this week.
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