When DeMarco Murray gashed the Ravens for 91 yards in just the first half of the Cowboys’ eventual loss yesterday, pants were soaked everywhere. Then when he barely played in the second half and left with an apparent foot injury, pants were soaked again, but this time it was with sorrowful bodily fluid.
Now please ensure that you’re near a facility of some kind before reading on, because although we still don’t have official MRI results yet and information is vague, there are reports that Murray’s foot injury could be a little more serious than what was first expected.
Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports that the team fears Murray has suffered “significant ligament damage.” How significant that significant damage is remains to be seen, and thankfully we have the technology to update this post as more information becomes available. But from the next line in Archer’s report we can deduce that the injury may be serious enough to keep Murray out for a handful of weeks, but it won’t be long term or season ending, as he’s avoided the doom of a Lisfranc injury.
Last night Jerry Jones said he has “no idea” if Murray will be available for Week 7. The thought of a top tier running back like Murray missing any time — especially following a game when he averaged 6.6 yards per carry against a usually strong Ravens rush defense — is scary enough, but it’s especially frightening for his owners when we consider his opponent next week.
The Cowboys are visiting Carolina in Week 7, giving Murray a chance to tee off on a rushing defense that’s allowing 127.4 yards per game. Two weeks ago the Panthers whiffed and watched as Michael Turner rushed for 103 yards on 7.9 per carry after he had only 154 yards over Atlanta’s first three games. And most notably Carolina allowed Andre Brown to rush for 113 yards while scoring twice in his first career start.
After he had just 62 yards on the ground over Dallas’ last two games, the pounding, bruising Murray returned yesterday, and now that momentum could be halted. So eat Lucky Charms and lick rabbit’s feet, or do whatever it is that you do to fend off the darkness of the injury demons while we wait on Murray’s MRI results, because talk of significant damage isn’t encouraging for a running back whose season ended early last year with an ankle fracture, and he has a history of brittleness dating back to college.
Seeking out Felix Jones on the waiver wire and rostering him as a safety net is now a required move for all Murray owners. Jones rushed for 92 yards on just 18 carries yesterday, and he’s currently owned in 51.3 percent of ESPN leagues, and 18 percent of Yahoo leagues.
UPDATE: Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram checks in with another report that while notable, it isn’t exactly surprising at this point. Murray won’t play in Week 7, according to his sources. And so it begins…