The Dallas Cowboys, after earning a sloppy win in week 13 of the 2013 NFL season on Thanksgiving over the Oakland Raiders, are tied atop the NFC East heading into their final four games of the year. In fact, they own the head-to-head tie-breaker with the Philadelphia Eagles right now and would be the division winners if the season ended today.
However, the Cowboys have looked anything but consistent and haven’t exactly instilled a great deal of confidence in anyone across the league. Now, they have an unfortunate bit of circumstance to deal with going forward.
According to a report from the team (via ESPN), the Cowboys will be without second-year running back Lance Dunbar for the rest of the season as it was confirmed that the back will require surgery on one of his joints in his knee.
Dunbar his coming off of easily his best game of the year on Thanksgiving when he took 12 carries for a solid 82 yards, including a 45-yard burst. Dunbar has been getting a relatively consistent amount of touches lately, though Thursday was clearly the biggest workload that he’s had all season.
Going forward, the obvious repercussions are that Joseph Randle is more than likely going to see an increase in his workload. However, the Dunbar injury will also place a bit more pressure on DeMarco Murray over the rest of the year. Murray is coming off of a three-touchdown performance on Thursday, but has been somewhat inconsistent with his production. Moreover, he has had trouble staying over the field in recent memory. Both of those things will need to change for the better now that Dallas has fewer options at the position.