The Dallas Cowboys lost running back DeMarco Murray to a knee injury in Sunday’s win over the Washington Redskins. DeMarco Murray and running back Lance Dunbar, considered to be No. 2 on the depth chart when healthy, didn’t practice on Wednesday. That means that rookie Joseph Randle of Oklahoma State is taking first team reps.
DeMarco Murray has pretty much been the only running back in this Cowboys offense. He has carried the ball 91 times for 428 yards, the rest of the Cowboys running back have a combined total of 58 yards on the season, 38 of which belong to Dunbar who is also injured.
When Randle came in for Murray on Sunday, he carried the ball 11 times for 17 yards. That 1.5 yard per carry mark is horrendous, especially given how week the Redskins run defense is. Of course he is a rookie and could have had some jitters from being thrust into his first NFL action.
Some time with the first week offense in practice this week could benefit him this weekend and he could play considerably better. In the preseason, Randle carried the ball 55 times for 215 yards and a 3.9 yard average.
Demarco Murray said he’s preparing as i he’s going to play this week. He didn’t practice today.
— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) October 16, 2013