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October 14, 2013

Cowboys bracing for DeMarco Murray injury: 'Going to be a tough loss,' Romo says

DeMarco Murray has an MCL sprain in his knee, and the Cowboys are bracing for his absence.

“Yeah, DeMarco, that’s going to be a tough loss,” quarterback Tony Romo said.

Murray went out early in Sunday night’s game against the Redskins after rushing seven times for 29 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown run.

It is the third consecutive season he has been hurt. He missed three games as a rookie when he broke his ankle in a December game and six games last season with a foot injury. He will have an MRI on Monday.

“Any time a player comes out of the game and can’t go back in, you’re concerned,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “We’re playing well with him. There’s a fall-off there, but I also thought it was nice for Randle to get in there and get his feet wet. I think it’s only going to get better for him.”

Rookie Joseph Randle had 11 carries for 17 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown run, and caught two passes for 15 yards in relief of Murray.

The Cowboys might also get second-year running back Lance Dunbar back soon from a foot injury.

“We’ll get Dunbar back, and Murray back, and get back to full speed there at running back,” Jones said. “But obviously, I think Tanner and Randle, if he can’t go, will do a good job for us.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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