DeMarco Murray continues to deal with a minor sprain of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his knee. Murray missed last week’s game after suffering the injury in Week 6. Joseph Randle and Phillip Tanner filled in for Murray and really didn’t do much with the exception of Tanner’ goal line touchdown.
Injury Outlook: Murray insists that he will return to the lineup this week, even going on a pretty nice Twitter rant about how the starting job is, basically, his and only his. A minor sprain (usually grade 1/low grade 2) of the MCL can make it difficult for runners to perform cutting motions and any lateral movements, as they prefer to keep everything in a straight line. This is due to the location (medial aspect of knee) and function (prevents excessive valgus to the knee, which is when a force directed at the knee that causes it to dive inwards) of the MCL, which is really not highly stressed at all when someone is running in a straight line direction.
At the end of the day, Murray’s participation in practice will dictate whether or not he plays in Week 8. Watch for Wednesday and Thursday’s practices to give us an idea about how limited he actually is with football-specific activities. If he can put together 1 or 2 limited and/or full practices, he may have a decent chance of playing Sunday. But short of the Cowboys ruling him out for some odd reason, I expect this to be close to a game time decision come late Saturday/early Sunday.