Rams Vs. Cowboys: DeMarco Murray Sets Rushing Record In 34-7 Win

DeMarco Murray had a huge day, breaking Emmitt Smith's single-game rushing record in a 34-7 Cowboys win.

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DeMarco Murray Fantasy Recap: Cowboys RB Sets Franchise Rookie Rushing Record

After Felix Jones was lost due to a high ankle sprain, there were some question marks regarding how the rookie DeMarco Murray and his backup Tashard Choice might split carries on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. Murray provided an emphatic answer to that question, and might have raised some question marks about Felix Jones in the process. Murray set the Dallas Cowboys single game rookie rushing record as he broke off 253 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys 34-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams.

Murray had looked solid in limited action to date, but I don't think anybody anticipated this kind of performance, even against the Rams. His day was highlighted by a 91-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter to give the Cowboys a 7-0 lead. He did not let up from there as he finished with 25 of the Cowboys 34 carries.

Behind Murray, Phillip Tanner rushed six times for 34 yards and Tashard Choice rushed two times for eight yards. At this point, it really seems like Choice is the odd man out of this rotation. If Tanner has some more success in the coming weeks, Tashard Choice is likely the odd man out moving forward. The Cowboys face a fairly wretched Philadelphia Eagles rush defense this Sunday. It is on the road though, so it is sure to be a tough game for the Cowboys.

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Lance Kendricks Fantasy Update: Rams TE Invisible On Sunday

Lance Kendricks was the invisible man for fantasy football teams on Sunday. He had zero receptions and yards. But it wasn't as though quarterback A.J. Feeley locked onto one receiver. He found seven different receivers to catch the ball, and Kendricks would have been the eighth until his one target was an incomplete pass. Kendricks had eight catches over his previous two games.

Kendricks was averaging 35 receiving yards a game with 173 receiving yards on the season and zero touchdowns through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Kendricks had just 12 receptions on the season.

Kendricks was ranked by Yahoo! as the 18th ranked tight end heading into Week 7 taking on the Dallas Cowboys.

For more on Kendricks and his matchup with the Cowboys, check out SB Nation's Cowboys blog, Blogging the Boys, and our Rams blog, Turf Show TimesFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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NFL Scores Week 7: Rams Vs. Cowboys: DeMarco Murray Sets Record In 34-7 Win

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray sets the Cowboys single-game rushing record as the Cowboys roll the Rams, 34-7.

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Rams Vs. Cowboys: Rookie RB DeMarco Murray Tops 200 Rushing Yards

Dallas Cowboys rookie running back DeMarco Murray topped 200 rushing yards against the St. Louis Rams today. With several minutes left to play in the fourth quarter, Murray is close to topping the team’s single-game rushing record.

With just over nine minutes left to play in the game, Murray has 235 rushing yards and one touchdown. Granted, the Rams are the league’s worst run defense, which helps. His totals include a breakaway 91-yard touchdown that put Dallas on the board in the first quarter.

The franchise record for rushing yards in a single game is 237 yards, set by Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith in 1993.

Running back Phillip Tanner took over rushing duties on the Cowboys’ last scoring drive, scoring a touchdown and picking up 25 yards on three carries. It was reminder of just how bad the Rams’ defense really is.

Murray was a third-round pick this year, out of Oklahoma.

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Rams Vs. Cowboys: Rams DT Darell Scott Suffers Head/Neck Injury

After a very serious head/neck injury to St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Jason Smith, the Rams watched another one of their players hit the ground with a head and neck injury late in the second quarter of their game against the Dallas Cowboys. Defensive tackle Darell Scott was injured on a kick return following a Dallas field goal.

DT Darell Scott down on the field on kick return play. Trainers stabilizing his neck/head as well right now.
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Scott is a backup defensive tackle and special teams player for the Rams. Aout five minutes after the injury, Scott was seen sitting up as trainers tended to him.

Earlier in the game, Jason Smith injured his head and neck trying to make a tackle on a Dallas defender who recovered a Rams turnover. Smith’s injury looked very serious as trainers had to remove his facemask and cart him off the field on a stretcher. Smith was later sent to a Dallas area hospital for further evaluation. No word on Scott or Smith’s status.

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Rams Vs. Cowboys: Rams OT Jason Smith Being Taken To Hospital Following Injury

St. Louis Rams starting right tackle Jason Smith left the field on a stretcher in the first quarter of a game against the Dallas Cowboys today. Smith injured his head and neck while trying to make a tackle after a Cadillac Williams fumble resulted in a turnover. Smith dove and hit his head on the thigh of a Dallas defensive player. The video of the incident is here.

It is now being reported that Smith has been taken to a hospital in the Dallas area for further evaluation of his injury.

Rams RT Jason Smith sent to local hospital for further evaluation after suffering blow to head.
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He will not return to the game, and based on how things looked on the field following the play, Smith’s season has to be in doubt. The injury was serious enough that the training staff had to remove the facemask of his helmet.

Smith was the Rams’ first-round pick, second overall, in the 2009 NFL Draft. He has had an up and down season as part of a struggling Rams offensive line.

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VIDEO: Rams OT Jason Smith Suffers Head Injury

St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Jason Smith suffered what looks to be a nasty head injury in the first quarter of the Rams’ game against the Dallas Cowboys. Smith hit his head on a Dallas defensive back as he dove for a Cadillac Williams fumble on first-and-ten. Here is the video of Smith’s injury:

Smith was tended to on the field. The training staff was even forced to remove his face mask as they dealt with the injury. A very solemn look overcame his teammates as they watched the trainers tend to Smith on the field. The Fox announcers were even startled at the seriousness of the injury.

Smith was taken off the field on a stretcher. He did manage to wave his hands at the crowd as he was being carted off the field, a positive sign. He will not return to the game, and his status for the rest of the season is yet to be determined.

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Felix Jones Update: Tashard Choice Will Get Start

Tashard Choice will get the nod over Felix Jones as the starting running back for the Dallas Cowboys. Jones is listed as inactive because of an ankle sprain.

Tashard Choice starts for Jones at RB for Dallas.
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This is not good news for anyone with a rooting interest in either Choice or the Cowboys. Choice has averaged just 2.6 yards per carry so far this year. DeMarco Murray is also expected to get some carries.

Last week, Murray actually ended up getting twice as many carries as Choice, but he wasn't exactly great either. Murray had 10 carries for 32 yards, while Choice had five carries for 14 yards and a fumble. 

Choice has just 67 yards on 26 carries while playing primarily as a third-down back this season. He has caught 11 passes for 71 yards, though.

For the latest updates on all of Week 7, be sure to follow this StoryStream. For the latest injury updates, follow this Storystream.

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Felix Jones Status Update: Dallas Cowboys RB Will Miss St. Louis Rams Game

The Dallas Cowboys officially declared running back Felix Jones out for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams. He did not practice at all this week after a high-ankle sprain took him out of last Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. He is expected to miss two to four weeks

In his place, fantasy owners should have already picked up DeMarco Murray to make up for Jones' absence. The Cowboys could always go with Tashard Choice at running back, but Murray is built more like a feature back. He has just 24 carries for 71 yards and zero touchdowns on the season. It wouldn't be a surprise if he matched those numbers on Sunday against the Rams, a team that is winless. 

Still, Murray is a rookie and could struggle. Make a solid assessment on the roster before starting or sitting him.

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Sam Bradford Status Update: Rams QB Questionable For Sunday

St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford tested his high left ankle sprain, but was unable to practice on Friday. Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo officially listed as Bradford as "questionable" on the team's final injury report of the week.

"We'll take it one day at a time, and we'll see where we're at on Sunday," Spagnuolo said according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Bradford did not miss a single snap on his way to earning AP Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2010. Former offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur's called for quick passes and moved Bradford around in the backfield, making it hard for opposing pass rushes to reach the first overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft. As a result, Bradford was sacked just 34 times, the lowest total the team had allowed since 1999's "Greatest Show On Turf" team that won Super Bowl XXXIV.

Shurmur is now the Cleveland Browns head coach and was replaced by Josh McDaniels. Through five weeks in 2011, Bradford has already been sacked 21 times.

If Bradford is unable to play against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, veteran A.J. Feeley would make his first start since December 2, 2007. Then with the Philadelphia Eagles, Feeley was intercepted four times in a 28-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Feeley completed 1-of-5 pass attempts for 21 yards in the season-opening loss to the Eagles, his first regular season game work since that December 2007 start.

For updates on the Rams and Bradford's status on Sunday, be sure to visit Turf Show Times.

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Rams Vs. Cowboys: TV Schedule, Game Time Announcers And More

The Dallas Cowboys hope to find get their mojo back against the struggling St. Louis Rams. The Cowboys will be without Felix Jones for the game. The Rams may be without Sam Bradford.

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Felix Jones Injury Update: Cowboys RB Likely Sideline Two To Four Weeks

The Dallas Cowboys got word on Felix Jones' high ankle sprain and it sounds like he could miss anywhere from two weeks to a month with the injury. Jones left the Cowboys loss to the Patriots in the second quarter and now finds himself in a protective boot while recovering from the injury.

The sprain will sideline Felix Jones through this weekend's juicy matchup against the St. Louis Rams, the following week's contest at the Philadelphia Eagles and possible home games against the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills. That is a mix of good and bad while he gets right.

In his place, the Cowboys will likely stick with DeMarco Murray as the lead back, with Tashard Choice working as a change of pace back. Choice has yet to stake a claim to more playing time and the rookie Murray has moved ahead of him on the depth chart. Murray has 24 carries on the year for 71 yards. Choice has 67 yards on 26 carries. While Murray is a guy you likely should try and grab on the waiver wire, expectations should be tempered for him moving forward. He is worth grabbing with solid waiver positioning, but it remains to be seen how effective he will be.

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