Murray had four carries for five yards in Sunday's loss to Chicago.
Minnesota's running game struggled as the team gained just 22 yards on 14 carries. However, the bigger worry for Murray's fantasy value is that he played just six snaps on offense compared to 59 snaps for Dalvin Cook. With Cook back to full speed after missing time with a hamstring issue, Murray may move back to a much reduced role.
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, ESPN.com's Courtney Cronin.
Cook tentatively is expected to return from a four-game absence, though 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 Week 9 prospects, he does at least draw a first-rate matchup with a Lions defense ranked 30th in yards allowed per carry (5.1) and 32nd in rushing yards allowed per game (144.6). 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 for another week leading the Minnesota backfield in the 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 Sunday night when Minnesota plays host to a Saints team that's shut down opposing running backs to the tune of 2.8 yards per carry and 48 rushing 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 a Week 10 bye.
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