DeMarco Murray Foot Injury Opens Door for Felix Jones
Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray has been pronounced out of Week 7 action against the Carolina Panthers, and perhaps several more weeks, with a sprained foot. As we’ve seen in the recent past (see Garçon, Pierre and Nicks, Hakeem) foot injuries can be pesky, particularly for players who rely on speed.
Felix Jones is now elevated to the starting spot at RB for the Cowboys. Either Lance Dunbar or Phillip Tanner will serve as the third-down back. He had 19 touches against the Ravens and needed fluids because of the surprise workload. He’s only carried the ball 20 times in a game twice in 5 years. So paying attention to the Dunbar/Tanner situation is a good idea, if only for vultured touchdowns or late-game carries.
He’s been little used, with just 3 carries this season before the Week 6. Historically he’s not been used full time, tallying only 800 yards in the 2010 season, his best, on 185 carries in 16 games.
Murray’s absence will put additional pressure on Tony Romo to perform. He’s thrown 9 interceptions and just 7 TDs, though he threw just one pick last week, and was 25 of 36 for 261 yards and a couple of scores. With the Giants, Falcons and Eagles looming after the Carolina game, the Cowboys are going to have to produce immediately to avoid falling behind the contenders.