The Cowboys’ running game wasn’t able to build on their success in Week Six and they’ll get a better idea of when they might have running back DeMarco Murray back on the field on Monday.
Murray will have more tests done on the foot injury that kept him out of Sunday’s 19-14 win over the Panthers, a game that saw the Cowboys gain just 85 yards on 31 carries a week after rolling up 227 yards on 42 carries against the Ravens. Neither Felix Jones nor Phillip Tanner was able to assert himself in Carolina and, in a familiar refrain for Cowboys watchers, Jones wasn’t able to play as big a role as expected because of injuries.
Jones strained his neck on the second play of the game, forcing him out for a spell, and then sat out the final two drives of the game because of a bruised knee. Jones was still involved enough to finish with 20 touches, but nagging injuries have sapped Jones in the past.
That raises the need for a healthy return from Murray, who spent last week in a walking boot and on crutches. Todd Archer of ESPN reports that the Cowboys are hopeful the second-year back can return against the Giants, who have struggled to consistently stop the run this season but still sit on top of the NFC East with a 5-2 record.