Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray fractured his right ankle and suffered a high-ankle sprain with 4:54 left in the first quarter. Fractures generally require 6-8 weeks to heal, and the Cowboys have three games left in the regular season.
“It appears he is done for the season,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said after the game.
Murray rolled around on the turf, in obvious pain, after a seemingly innocuous 8-yard gain. But replays showed Giants defensive end Dave Tollefson tackling Murray around the ankles and then rolling over Murray’s right ankle.
Murray was helped off the field by two trainers. X-rays taken inside Cowboys Stadium revealed the bad news.
He left the stadium on crutches and wearing a boot. Murray did not speak to reporters.
Murray was having a spectacular rookie season and appeared to be a lock to become the team’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Julius Jones in 2005. He finished with 897 yards and two touchdowns on 164 carries after gaining 25 yards on five carries against the Giants.
Murray’s injury means veteran Felix Jones has regained his starting job. It also means the Cowboys will have to find running back help.
Jones is the only halfback on the Cowboys’ 53-player roster. The Cowboys placed rookie Phillip Tanner on injured reserve last week to make room for receiver Andre Holmes.
Chauncey Washington is on Dallas’ practice squad, and Lonyae Miller, who was promoted to the Cowboys’ roster late last season after spending time on their practice squad, is on Oakland’s practice squad.
-- Charean Williams