The Cowboys finally got their running game in gear with 227 yards against the Ravens on Sunday, but the good feelings generated by that productivity is tempered by a couple of things.
The first is that the Cowboys weren’t able to avoid enough mistakes to tie or win the game in the final seconds and the second is that the lead dog in that running game left the game with a foot injury. DeMarco Murray had 13 carries for 90 yards in the first half, but carried just once in the second half before leaving the game for good with a foot injury. The Cowboys were still able to produce good gains on the ground, obviously, but their offense is better with him in the lineup.
They’ll get an idea of when Murray will be back in the lineup on Monday. Jason LaCanfora of NFL.com reports that it looks like Murray sprained his foot and that x-rays were negative. Murray will reportedly have an MRI Monday to assess the severity of the damage to his foot.
Should Murray miss any time, at least the Cowboys can feel a bit more confident about turning things over to Felix Jones. Jones ran for 92 yards on 18 carries and mimicked Murray’s ability to make plays off the edges against the Ravens. They’d prefer to have both, but they’ll probably feel okay either way with another forgiving run defense coming up next week in the Panthers.