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|With a glaring hole at the running back position behind DeMarco Murray, the Cowboys chose Joseph Randle in the fifth round of this year's draft. The Oklahoma State product was highly productive during his college career but is most likely suited to a backup role in the NFL because of his lack of size (6'1”, 200 lbs.) and upright running style. Murray also has that same running style and it’s part of the reason he has been unable to stay healthy during his first two years in the league. While Randle seems attractive given Murray's injury woes, it wouldn't be all that surprising if the Cowboys leaned heavily on their passing attack if he were to go down once again in 2013. And that limits Randle's upside as a handcuff. Murray owners will want to grab Randle, but don't reach for this unproven rookie.
| DeMarco Murray out for Week 8 -- Sun Oct 27 11:15 am --|
Joseph Randle expected to start
|DeMarco Murray officially ruled OUT, as is Miles Austin for Cowboys. (Stacey Dales via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: After hints all week that Murray would play, he will remain on the sidelines with an injured knee. Joseph Randle is expected to start with Lance Dunbar playing in a backup role.
| DeMarco Murray out with MCL sprain -- Mon Oct 14 3:05 pm --|
MRI results pending; Cowboys expect multi-week absence
|DeMarco Murray has an MCL sprain in his knee and the Cowboys are bracing for his absence. Murray went out early in Sunday night’s game against the Redskins after rushing seven times for 29 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown run. Rookie Joseph Randle had 11 carries for 17 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown run, and caught two passes for 15 yards in relief of Murray.
The Cowboys might also get second-year running back Lance Dunbar back soon from a foot injury. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)|
FF Today's Take: It is the third consecutive season Murray has been hurt, with all of them being lower-body injuries. Although Randle did find the end zone, his 1.5 YPC shouldn't be enough to overtake Dunbar on the depth chart. Assuming he can make it back for Week 7, expect Dunbar to be the back to own for fantasy purposes, although Randle and Phillip Tanner will likely see plenty of snaps.