The team reported from its official Twitter account that Murray would not return against the Washington Redskins on Sunday night:
DeMarcus Ware and DeMarco Murray are both out for the rest of the game.— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) October 14, 2013
Murray is an integral part of its offense. If he’s removed, others will naturally receive more responsibility. And more opportunity for fantasy points as a result.
Here are three Cowboys whose numbers would rise if Murray misses further playing time.
3. RB Joseph Randle
Who should start in Murray's absence?
No one would receive more of a fantasy boost than Murray’s replacement himself. That could be Phillip Tanner—or if healthy, Lance Dunbar—but after rushing for a touchdown and catching two passes for 15 yards, Joseph Randle is Murray’s most likely successor.
Randle didn’t touch the football prior to Week 6. But with Dunbar inactive, Dallas fed him the ball more than Tanner—who received just one carry. Owners in the 98 percent of fantasy leagues that Randle isn’t owned in, according to Yahoo! Sports (subscription required), should put in their waiver claims.
2. QB Tony Romo
No matter who replaces Murray at running back, Dallas is likely to run less frequently than before. Tony Romo already averaged 37.6 pass attempts per game through the Cowboys’ first five games, but that number could creep over 40 without Murray.
Romo has been efficient enough to handle the extra workload, too. He threw just his third interception of the season on Sunday compared to 14 touchdown passing. He also entered the night’s action with a 71.8 percent completion percentage.
1. TE Jason Witten
More pass attempts for Romo means more targets for all of the Cowboys’ receivers. But out of them all, Jason Witten is the most likely to benefit statistically from Murray’s absence.
While the eight-time Pro Bowl is a consistent receiver, he’s also a phenomenal blocker. Run blocking wastes energy that Witten could be using to run crisper routes as well as strength to free himself of linebackers in coverage. Less downs run blocking means more energy and strength to use as a receiver.
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.