What Does DeMarco Murray Injury Mean for Cowboys, Fantasy Owners?

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistOctober 14, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 06:  Running back DeMarco Murray #29 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball against the Seattle Seahawks at Cowboys Stadium on November 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Cowboys lost a heartbreaker to the Baltimore Ravens Sunday, but also may have lost starting running back DeMarco Murray to injury, which could have a huge impact on the Cowboys' season and for fantasy owners everywhere. 

According to Rotoworld, Murray suffered a foot sprain near halftime, but later re-entered the game with his foot heavily taped. A major reason Murray was asked to return was likely because of an injury to his backup, Felix Jones. 

The extent of how serious of a sprain Murray suffered is still unknown, but it could have far reaching implications on his team and for fantasy owners if it is indeed serious. Let's take a look at how it impacts all parties moving forward. 


What it Means for Dallas

For Dallas, the news of an injury to their star back is bad news, but it could be much worse. The fact that the coaching staff allowed him to come back against Baltimore after being taped and labeled him "as he can go" may hint at the severity of the injury. 

Sprains are tricky because they can become worse after the injured person stops using it, but his continued use against the Ravens is encouraging. 

If Murray ends up having to miss some time, it could be a big blow for Dallas. Felix Jones had some injury issues against Baltimore as well, which were ultimately labeled as cramps. With Murray and Jones out, the two main running backs for Dallas are Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar. 

With any luck both Murray and Jones will be able to go next week against Carolina. However, fantasy owners who own Murray may not be so lucky. 


What it Means for Fantasy Owners

Fantasy owners have an uphill battle in terms of Murray's health. Thanks to the nature of sprains, the Cowboys could list Murray as active, but end up not using him significantly, a move which could sink more than a few teams in fantasy football. 

Unless Murray is a full-go in all practices this week, he needs to be on the bench for fantasy owners against the Panthers.

Under normal circumstances, he would be a no-brainer to start against a shaky Carolina defensive front, but not with a sprained foot. Add in the fact that his backups did not look horrible in spot-duty against an elite Baltimore Ravens defense, and Murray needs to be on the bench for at least the next week. 


Moving Forward

Murray has had a sound season so far with 330 yards and one touchdown along with 118 yards through the air. Not the most stellar fantasy numbers for owners, but a great impact for the Cowboys. 

Dallas is now sitting at 2-3 and needs to find some semblance of a great running game, and a healthy Murray is a key to that. His 94 yards against the Ravens are a great sign, so an injury at this point would be horrible for the Cowboys. 

Until the seriousness of Murray's injury is truly known, fantasy owners need to be steering clear of him at all costs, and Cowboys fans need to be collectively hold their breath.