Report: Cowboys fear ligament damage for DeMarco Murray

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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, 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.

17 responses to “Report: Cowboys fear ligament damage for DeMarco Murray

  1. Great young back with durability issues. Cowboys really need him healthy to get to the playoffs.

  2. searchingwithmygoodeyeclosed says:
    Oct 15, 2012 3:51 PM
    Great young back with durability issues.
    Exactly right, but also why it’s a misnomer that Murray is so often labeled a great find, or a draft steal. Everyone knew had all the talent in the world, but both due to his ability to keep his feet churning and fight for extra yards, his very upright running style, and just natural wear and tear, he’s very predisposed to injury. That’s why he slipped into the third round. Props to the Cowboys for making the gamble and props to Murray for being even more talented than anyone suspected.

    Point being, while the Cowboys should continue to utilize his tremendous talents for as long as possible, and no one should doubt his gifts as a halfback, his injury problem is not one that will magically go away and unfortunately he is probably not due for a long NFL career. If he can do his rehab and fight through his injuries he should be able to push the Cowboys to a couple playoff runs, but no one should be surprised to see him inactive for three or four games every year or to see his productivity decline faster than it would with an average runningback.

  3. Here’s a radical concept for those who overreact to the first news of any injury–

    Why not wait and see what the doctors say? With a few exceptions (see New York Mets), the medical professionals tend to know their stuff.

  4. tbpdog says:
    Oct 15, 2012 4:16 PM
    I blame Romo for this!
    Don’t forget the scout team, the mess Bush administration left them, and the replacement refs. Also DeMarco Murray beat himself.

    Oh man, 2012 is the Golden Year of blame jokes.

  5. Murray we need you heal quickly.

    Any word on Claiborne though? I haven’t been able to find anything.

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