Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was on his way to a monster Sunday against the Ravens before he injured his foot and had to leave the contest.
Murray is getting an MRI on Monday to take a closer look at what was called a sprain on Sunday, but Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the team has already decided he won’t play in Week Seven against the Panthers. Once the results are in, the Cowboys will find out whether or not they are correct in their initial determination, reported by Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com, that Murray suffered ligament damage in the foot.
That’s actually a better case scenario for the team. If Murray suffered a Lisfranc injury, he would almost certainly be done for the rest of the season and the Cowboys would obviously prefer not to lose their talented young back to a season-ending injury for the rest of the year. A ligament injury would mean some time on the shelf, but Murray should be able to return to the team in that case.
Felix Jones’ play on Sunday should make the Cowboys breathe a little bit easier about life without Murray than they might have before Jones ran well against the Ravens. Carolina is giving up more than 127 yards per game on the ground, which bodes well for continued ground success even without Murray in the lineup.
UPDATE 4:02 p.m. ET: The Cowboys confirmed that Murray has some ligament damage after seeing the results of his MRI, but haven’t ruled him out for Carolina.