Dallas Cowboys’ starting RB DeMarco Murray is officially listed as doubtful as he recovers from a sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his left knee. Murray did not practice all week and is unlikely to play this week against the Eagles.
Injury Outlook: I mentioned Murray in my column on Tuesday about the functions of the MCL and why it’s tough for a running back to play with this kind of injury. Essentially, it robs a back of his ability to plant, cut, and push off, resulting in a lack of speed and explosiveness. The fact that Murray was not able to at least practice on a limited basis is a bad sign for this week, as the expectation is that he’ll miss this game. Moving forward, missing this game increases the likelihood that he’ll play in Week 8, which is something we couldn’t have predicted had he tried to gut it out this week. Smart money is on Murray not playing and not being effective even if he does. Joseph Randle will get the bulk of the carries if Murray cannot go.