DeMarco Murray injury: Cowboys RB questionable, could play for fantasy owners

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is listed as questionable for Sunday. We break down the fantasy implications.

Editor's Update: Murray is INACTIVE. Bench him.

Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is questionable for the team's Week 8 matchup against the Detroit Lions. Murray is dealing with a knee injury that kept him out of the team's Week 7 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. It's a knee sprain, suffered the previous week against the Washington Redskins.

It was originally thought that Murray would need more time to rest up, but he practiced all three days this week. He was a limited participant in practice, but it was more than was expected of him. Rookie fifth-round pick Joseph Randle made his first career start in Murray's place against the Eagles and put up 65 yards off of 19 carries. He also had 28 yards off of three receptions.

It was an encouraging game for the young back, to be sure. Murray will re-take the starting role if he plays, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the Cowboys give him some plays off to get the ball back in Randle's hands.

Fantasy Impact: Murray has been a productive back this season. He's rushed 91 times for 428 yards with three touchdowns. That's a per-carry average of 4.7 yards, which is definitely good. He's added 164 yards off of 24 receptions on top of that yardage. He's a second option for most fantasy owners, but it the decision on whether or not to start him is tricky. If he plays, it might be in a limited role. If he's clearly your best option, then he should be started.

More fantasy football news from SB Nation:

Get live advice daily in the Fantasy War Room

Today's fantasy football player updates

Week 8 fantasy football rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | D/ST

Week 8 fantasy football waiver wire: QB | RB | WR | TE | D/ST

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.