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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.

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The quarter mark of the NFL season is a good check-point for fantasy owners. It’s a time to analyze your roster and cut bait with players who are dragging you down. Waiting until the mid-point of the season may cost you a playoff spot, so for those hanging around the middle of the pack or worse, it’s time to get aggressive and upgrade your roster.

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DeMarco Murray is one of the most intriguing running backs in the NFL, yet he still has a very uncertain 2012 outlook.

He’s young, is loaded with upside, and he’s ready to begin his first year as the unquestioned starter on a team that’s loaded offensively. And that’s all wonderful, and it fills me with visions of plum fairies and moon pies.

But then there’s the fact that he only appeared in eight games last year, and while he was briefly and historically awesome in four of those games, he was then mediocre in four more before his season ended early due to an ankle injury. Sure, his 253-yard outburst in Week 7 was fun and all, but it came against the league’s worst rushing defense (St. Louis allowed 152.1 rushing yards per game). In that game Murray averaged 10.1 yards per carry, joined the top 10 in all-time single-game rushing yards, set the Cowboys rookie single-game rushing record, and most importantly he had the second most rushing yards in a game by a rookie in league history.

Those were all the good things, along with his first four games as the Cowboys’ featured back when Murray averaged 8.1 yards per carry. But then during the final four games of his 2011 season Murray’s per carry average dropped to 3.75, which gave birth to a narrative. Since Murray exploded so quickly and suddenly, why should we trust him to do it again this year? And why the hell should we invest highly in him, maybe as high as a second-round pick?

To exam that perception, let’s look back at history and recent (or not recent) case studies, just as we did with Cam Newton and the mystery of his rushing touchdowns.

Can Murray be trusted? In a word, yes. Probably.

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