Dallas Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar is slated to undergo surgery to repair his torn left ACL, ESPN.com reports.
Per the report, Dunbar -- who is a candidate for IR -- also suffered a partially torn MCL during Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints . Now that he is no longer in the Cowboys' backfield mix, Joseph Randle , Darren McFadden and Christine Michael are left to handle the team's running back duties going forward.
The Dallas Cowboys fear that running back Lance Dunbar (knee) tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee during Sunday's loss to the New Orleans Saints , Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports.
The injury didn't look good and the Cowboys aren't optimistic. Although nothing will be official until after Monday's MRI, Dunbar will likely miss a good chunk of the season, if not the rest of the year. His absence would leave a big void in the Dallas offense, as he caught 21 passes for 215 yards in the first three games, highlighted by a 10-catch, 100-yard outburst in Week 3. It's unclear whether the Cowboys prefer Joseph Randle or Darren McFadden for passing downs, as both likely represent a significant downgrade from Dunbar.
Dallas Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar left Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints with a knee injury and has been ruled out for the rest of the contest, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Dunbar's left knee buckled as he tried to make a cut on the opening kickoff of the second half. It looked like a serious injury, and he wasn't able to put any weight on his left foot. If he misses time, the Cowboys will likely turn to Darren McFadden and/or Joseph Randle on passing downs. Dunbar has been very active in that role, catching 21 passes for 215 yards, with another 67 yards on five carries. He wasn't targeted in Sunday's game, but he did run for 54 yards on just three totes, providing nearly all of his rushing total for the season.
Brandon Weeden made almost no effort to look downfield, confining himself to short routes and check-downs with Dunbar emerging as his favorite option. Expect the undersized back to remain a big part of the passing game as long as Weeden is under center.
Murray is now with the Eagles, but Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Monday the team would like to see more carries per game from Randle,
"Our goal is still to get up there running the ball 25-30 times a game," Jones said, per The Dallas Morning News. "I think we ended up rushing about 22 times, so we'd like four or five more rushes on there, but this group is very productive."
Randle led the charge Week 1 with 16 carries for 65 yards, while McFadden added six carries for 16 yards.
"Joseph played well," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "He had some good runs, some tough dirty runs where things weren't really clean, but he made a dirty, 3-4-5 yard run. When he had a little more space he made some plays."
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/25/15||@ NYG||4:25 pm|
|10||11/15/15||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|11||11/22/15||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|13||12/7/15||@ WAS||8:30 pm|
|14||12/13/15||@ GB||4:25 pm|
|16||12/27/15||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
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