While Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was not expected to participate in Week 7 after suffering an MCL sprain, it was hopeful that Murray would be back on the field for Week 8.
That might be wishful thinking as it’s been reported by Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer that Murray actually suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain, not a Grade 1 sprain as originally thought.
Per Adam Levitan:
Two nuggets from Jay Glazer on FOX. Steven Jackson (hamstring) had a setback this week, and DeMarco Murray’s knee sprain is Grade 2.
While a Grade 1 sprain isn’t exactly anything to sneeze at, many players are able to return to action with just a bit of rest. However, with a Grade 2, often times players are forced to miss multiple weeks.
Glazer didn’t speculate on how much extra time the Grade 2 sprain may force Murray to miss, if any at all, though his status for Week 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles will likely be questionable at best.
If Murray is unable to play in Week 8, Joseph Randle will likely handle the running back duties.