Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray pushed himself as hard as possible to return from an MCL sprain and play in last week’s contest against the Detroit Lions, but the Cowboys decided to rule him out on Sunday. They realized that Murray had pushed himself way too hard in order to play, likely to try and prove to some possible doubters of Murray’s toughness within the Cowboys front office. The Cowboys definitely made the right decision to hold Murray out of the game, and that’s something Murray- and others- stated earlier this week. He also said that he is a full-go for this week’s game against the Minnesota Vikings and was able to practice fully all week.
ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that DeMarco Murray is expected to start today, and I would honestly lock him up. He’s only listed probable, and most players listed probable play. Murray has stated that he’s fine, and he showed it by practicing in full all week. While he is a very injury-prone player and returning today is still technically an early return from an MCL sprain, every single indication regarding Murray’s status is positive.
Fantasy owners definitely need to start Murray today, because he should have a monstrous game against the Minnesota Vikings defense. Not only is the Vikings defense awful against both the run and pass, but the Cowboys should be able to jump out to a big lead early on, thus giving Murray copious garbage time upside (unless if the Cowboys bench him early for the committee of Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar). The Vikings run defense should give Murray plenty of running room, and that negates the clear drop-off between Brian Waters and Mackenzy Bernadeau at right guard (Waters is done for the year).