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DeMarco Murray on crutches Wednesday, reportedly will miss Week 8

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

DeMarco Murray injured his foot against the Ravens in Week 6 and missed the Cowboys victory over the Panthers in Week 7. It sure sounds like he's going to miss Week 8's matchup against the Giants as well.

Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Murray "will be sidelined" for the upcoming divisional matchup in Dallas and that the running back was seen on crutches and was absent from practice Wednesday.

"Hopefully he's just progressing,” Garrett said. “He's moving around better. He's in the meetings and we'll just see where he is. I don't anticipate him practicing today. We'll just see where he is moving forward."

With Murray missing from the lineup in Carolina, Felix Jones and Philip Tanner split carries for the Cowboys, though neither was particularly effective. Jones totaled 44 rushing yards on 15 carries (and is banged up as well) and Tanner posted 30 rushing yards on 13 carries.

Asked about Murray on crutches during his media session, Jason Garrett declined to rule Murray out, but said the team was "being very careful" and that they wanted to give Murray "more time" to try and recover.

"Oh, I think we're just being very careful about any weight that we're putting on him,” Garrett said. "The more time we give him the better."

More time to recover doesn't necessarily mean Murray will miss Week 8's action, but it sure does sound like the Cowboys are preparing to play without the second-year starter.

Murray was critical to the Cowboys win against the Giants in Week 1, totaling 131 yards rushing on the ground, including a 48-yard run that set up a field goal, and generally grinding down the Giants defense in the second half.

If he's out and Jones is limited, either Tanner needs to step up or the Cowboys will become decidedly more one dimensional. That limits their effectiveness on offense and puts the onus on Tony Romo to play a particularly efficient game. With plenty of attention being paid to this trip to Dallas from the start of the season -- thanks Jerry Jones! -- that could mean plenty of additional pressure for the oft-criticized quarterback.

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