Murray rushed 10 times for 31 yards and a touchdown while catching his lone target for 16 yards in Sunday's 24-9 win over the Lions. Murray was outplayed by the returning Dalvin Cook (hamstring), who turned 10 carries and four catches into 109 scrimmage yards. Despite his lack of yardage by comparison, the veteran running back managed to salvage his fantasy day thanks to a one-yard rushing score on the opening drive. Murray could see his role drastically decrease after Minnesota's Week 10 bye if Cook's deemed healthy enough to operate as the primary backfield option.
Murray may lose 15-to-20 snaps to Dalvin Cook (hamstring) during Sunday's home game against the Lions, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports. Though listed as questionable for Week 9, Cook is tentatively expected to return from a four-game absence. Even if that's the case, it sounds like Murray would still be a clear favorite to lead the Minnesota backfield in snaps and touches. While the possibility of a workload split necessitates a significant downgrade to Murray's prospects this week, he at least draws a first-rate matchup versus a Lions defense ranked 30th in yards allowed per carry (5.1) and 32nd in rushing yards allowed per game (144.6) this season. Averaging 20 touches, 112 scrimmage yards and 1.3 touchdowns the past three weeks, Murray will have a solid case for low-end RB1 status if Cook ends up being held out for another game.
Murray carried the ball 13 times for 56 yards and a touchdown and caught five of six targets for 39 yards in Sunday's 30-20 loss to New Orleans. Dalvin Cook (hamstring) remained out of action, allowing Murray to lead the backfield for yet another week. The veteran was able to overcome a tough matchup against the Saints' No. 1 ranked run defense, gaining 4.3 yards per carry and finding the end zone for the third consecutive week. Cook may not return until after the team's Week 10 bye, so Murray should be in line for another heavy workload against the Lions on Sunday.
Murray is primed to lead the Minnesota backfield in Sunday's game against the Saints in the expected absence of Dalvin Cook (hamstring), Matthew Coller of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reports. After piling up 224 rushing yards and three touchdowns against the Cardinals and Jets the past two weeks, Murray will face a bigger challenge in Week 8 versus a Saints team that has limited opposing running backs to 2.8 yards per carry and 48 yards per game. Cook hasn't been ruled out by the team, but he didn't practice Wednesday and reportedly isn't expected to return until after the Vikings' Week 10 bye.
Murray rushed 15 times for 69 yards and two touchdowns while catching both of his targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 37-17 win over the Jets. Murray scored from 11 yards out in the third quarter and added a 38-yard touchdown in the fourth. He's come alive over the past two weeks, tallying 224 yards and three touchdowns on the ground with Dalvin Cook sitting out due to a nagging hamstring injury. The 28-year-old running back would be in line for a feature role against the Saints on Sunday Night Football in Week 8 if Cook's unable to make his return.
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