“We’re certainly optimistic. He’s proven to be someone who heals quickly. We’ll monitor him day by day, but we’ll have to wait and see.”
Those words came from the mouth of Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, who fed us hot, fresh lies. Wickedly deceiving lies.
They’re in reference to his injured running back DeMarco Murray, and he said them on Oct. 22, a day after Murray had missed his first game with a foot injury. That led to optimism, which is the worst. Cowboys insiders marched in line faithfully, reporting that the team was hopeful Murray would return for Week 8.
Last night Week 9 officially concluded, and we still haven’t seen Murray. We probably won’t see him next week either. It’s OK, let it all out, because a good healthy sob can be pretty lucrative.
Murray still hasn’t been cleared to even work out a day before practice begins in preparation for Week 10, leading to very little good vibes about his status this week when the Cowboys visit the Eagles. Inevitably, that’s prompted Ed Werder to report that Murray “probably won’t play” again this week, meaning an injury that was at first thought of as possibly only requiring a one-week absence has long since passed the optimism Rubicon, and he’s on his way to missing a quarter of the season.
Jerry Jones is still a believer, though, saying Sunday that he expects Murray to play in Week 10, and Garrett said he’ll receive plenty of opportunities to pass injury tests this week. The process he described sounds like the ultimate sobriety test:
“The process you go through with an injury like that is you have different thresholds. He has to be able to do different things. He has to be able to 10 times go up and down on his toes. Then, he has to be able to hop on his foot by itself without any pain. Then, he has to be able to jog. All that kind of stuff. So there’s a number of different thresholds that he has to get past before he can even practice. We obviously want him to practice before he plays in the game.”
Injuries are random, violent events that happen to random players randomly. We get this, and I think/hope fantasy owners generally understand that concept once the initial moments of ledge peering pass following a key injury. But after struggling in college with injuries and missing three games in 2011, Murray has now been given this year’s dunce cap as the leading fantasy disappointment due to breakage.
You drafted Murray with good, wholesome intentions. We all did, but now you’re preparing to watch as a second-round pick misses his fourth game, with that potent optimism limited for next week too. Keep rolling with Felix Jones because you have to even though he’s averaging only 3.6 yards per carry. But hey, receiving yards, right? Jones had 70 of those last week against the Falcons on five catches. Hooray?