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Down goes DeMarco

Monday, October 15, 2012

Foot injuries and running backs don’t mix well. Anyone that owned Darren McFadden last year can speak to that. What started out as a simple foot sprain for him eventually morphed into a Lisfranc fracture and a lost season.

So when DeMarco Murray left Sunday’s loss to the Ravens with a “foot sprain,” owners certainly felt a little queasy in the stomach. Here’s what we know on Murray so far:

X-rays on Murray’s left foot came back negative. He’s set for an MRI Monday.

“We just don’t have a way to gauge it right now,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “I wouldn’t necessarily rule him out of anything. It obviously was good enough to keep him off the field. I have no idea whether or not he’s going to be ready next week or not.”

For what it’s worth, Murray claimed he could have gone back in the game. He was wearing dress shoes in the locker room afterward, not a walking boot.

“I was trying to [get back in],”Murray said. “That was their decision to pull me out. It’s a long season. It’s only the fifth game, so I have to do what’s best for the team.”

Note that backup Felix Jones rushed 18 times for 92 yards and a touchdown despite dealing with some cramping.

In other injury news from Week 6...

Trent Richardson: Ribs
Trent Richardson left in the third quarter with a “flank” injury. He took a helmet to his right side and was unable to return.

Richardson will undergo a Monday MRI to see if there is any rib damage. He doesn’t believe the injury is serious.

"I took a shot, but I'll be back," said Richardson. "I'll be ready for next week."

We’ll see. Backup Montario Hardesty came in and handled himself well at the goal-line and on early downs. Chris Ogbonnaya was handling all the third-down work even before Richardson went down.

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Bilal Powell: Shoulder
It was a strange day for the Jets backfield as Shonn Greene went off and Bilal Powell went down with a shoulder injury.

Powell dislocated his right shoulder and will “definitely” miss at least one game, according to ESPN. He’ll have an MRI on Monday. Considering how hard it is for running backs to play with shoulder injuries, we can expect a multi-week absence. Joe McKnight sustained a minor ankle issue, but should be fine to serve as Greene’s change-of-pace option in Week 7.

Brandon Lloyd: Shoulder or hip
Late in the loss to the Seahawks, Lloyd made a great catch on the sideline but came down extremely hard. He appeared to be in pain and wasn’t spotted in the locker room afterward. Of course, the Patriots didn’t comment on any possible injury after the game.

Beat writer Jeff Howe says it “didn’t appear to be anything of concern,” but we’ll know more when the Patriots convene for practice on Wednesday. Lloyd did return for the final two offensive snaps after the fall.  

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Kevin Kolb: Ribs
Kolb was scrambling all over the field Sunday, but he didn’t get hurt until a broken play deep in the fourth quarter. He ended up on the ground with two Bills defenders on top of him and was in a ton of pain. The results of X-rays are not yet known, but a fracture is probable here. Week 1 starter John Skelton came on and struggled, completing 2-of-10 passes for 45 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.

Other offensive injury notes
Adrian Peterson may have tweaked his ankle issue at one point, but he didn’t appear limited as he played the whole game. … Brandon Bolden left with a knee injury and never returned. … Victor Cruz banged his knee after getting flipped by Carlos Rogers, but won’t even need further testing. … Brian Leonard left with a rib injury, leaving Cedric Peerman as BenJarvus Green-Ellis’ only backup. … Brandon Saine left with a knee injury and never returned.

Other defensive injury notes
Top Ravens CB Lardarius Webb tore his ACL. Heart and soul Ray Lewis may have torn his triceps, an injury that could end his season. Yikes. Don’t fear the Ravens’ defense when setting lineups. … Colts LE Cory Redding left with a knee injury, further decimating this defensive front.

Adam Levitan is in his sixth season covering football and basketball for Rotoworld. He won the Fantasy Sports Writers Association award for Best Series in 2011 and 2009, and ESPN's overall fantasy football title in 2000. Find him on Twitter.
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