Ankle now fine, Latavius Murray hopes to make bigger contributions

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The Vikings have a simple plan for replacing running back Dalvin Cook: Rely on Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon.

On Monday night, one of the two showed up. The one who didn’t was Murray. He intends to do so soon, perhaps as soon as Sunday against the Packers.

Via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Murray said he wasn’t satisfied with his debut as the team’s starter. He said his ankle, which slowed his ability to prepare for the season, is fine.

Murray added that he was second guessing on some of his carries against the Bears, and that he hopes to do better with more chances.

It’s unclear how many chances he’ll get, if McKinnon keeps performing like he did on Monday in Chicago. Murray had 12 carries for 31 yards; for the year, he has 26 attempts for 69 yards, along with four catches for 20 yards.

14 responses to “Ankle now fine, Latavius Murray hopes to make bigger contributions

  1. McKinnon got a raw deal. His abilities weren’t enough to negate the OL’s deficiencies last year, but this year they don’t have to and he’s able to get into space and show what he can do. I predict McKinnon has another 150 yards combined on Sunday with a TD or two as well.

    Aaron Jones will get stuffed and GB fans will be chanting for whatever ball carrying caucasian packers have on the roster to replace him.

  2. I like how Murray waits until the Packer defense is the upcoming opponent to say he is fine now. Of course, this will be his best output on the year.

  3. He has had some nice runs this year. He just isn’t as good as Dalvin Cook. But he is a good back in this league. I look forward to a productive season for Murray.

  4. When the purples lose they’ll blame Cooks injury, Sammy Sleeves injury, the Ref’s and pure Packer luck……Ice Fishing Season cometh

  5. fmc651 says:
    October 12, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    He has had some nice runs this year. He just isn’t as good as Dalvin Cook. But he is a good back in this league. I look forward to a productive season for Murray.
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    You could be right about Murray having a productive season, but what nice runs have you seen this year? His longest run this year was 8 yards.

  6. I think it probably went like this:

    Murray: “Man, coach, my ankle just isn’t feeling right. Not at 100%, but I think if I take it slowly it’ll get back in a few weeks

    *next day, McKinnon goes off for 150 total yards and a TD*

    Murray: “Hey coach, ankle feels great. Never been better actually. I’m ready to go back in there.”

  7. McKinnon had all of last year to show something. Nice game against the bears but I don’t think that will be the norm.

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