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Lance Dunbar | Running Back

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/25/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 195
College: North Texas
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Cowboys placed Lance Dunbar on season-ending injured reserve with a torn ACL.
This is just a formality after Dunbar underwent surgery on Friday. WR Vince Mayle was added off the practice squad in a corresponding move. Mayle could play snaps with Dez Bryant (foot) and Brice Butler (hamstring) out, but he is not worth a look in any fantasy league. Oct 10 - 11:35 AM

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Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar suffered a torn ACL in the Week 4 loss to the Saints and will miss the remainder of the season.

He'll head to season-ending injured reserve. Dunbar had carved out a meaningful role as the Cowboys' passing-game back behind early-down runners Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden. McFadden will now likely take over those duties, with possibly Christine Michael mixing in with Randle. Dunbar will be a 26-year-old free agent in March. It's yet another blow to the Cowboys' offense.
Source: ESPN
Oct 5 - 6:35 PM

Coach Jason Garrett said Monday the Cowboys "anticipate" Lance Dunbar (knee) missing the rest of the season.

They are "anticipating" a torn ACL for Dunbar. It's believed he also may have torn his MCL. Dunbar has operated as Dallas' passing-down specialist to the point, a role that now figures to go to Darren McFadden, with Christine Michael perhaps mixing in for a few extra carries per week. McFadden is a superior pass catcher and pass blocker to current starter Joseph Randle.
Oct 5 - 4:13 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Cowboys fear RB Lance Dunbar tore his left ACL and MCL Sunday night against the Saints.

Dunbar's left knee gave out on him as he attempted to make a cut on the opening kickoff of the second half. He was spotted on crutches with a brace on the knee in the locker room after the game. Dunbar will undergo an MRI on Monday to confirm the diagnosis, but he is likely done for the season.
Oct 5 - 8:30 AM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said early injury reports do not "sound good" for RB Lance Dunbar (knee).

Dunbar suffered what looked like a serious knee injury on the opening kickoff of the second half. He was spotted on crutches with a brace on his left leg in the locker room following the game. We will know more about Dunbar's status after he undoubtedly undergoes tests on Monday, but it is likely he has played his last snap this season.
Oct 5 - 12:07 AM

Lance Dunbar was carted off with a left knee injury in Sunday night's Week 4 game against the Saints.

Dunbar was injured on the opening kickoff of the second half. This had the look of a serious injury, as Dunbar's knee gave out from him on the play. The Cowboys immediately ruled Dunbar out. Dunbar had three carries for 54 yards.
Oct 4 - 10:14 PM

Lance Dunbar caught all 10 of his targets for 100 yards in Dallas' Week 3 loss to the Falcons.

Dunbar only had one carry, but continued to be a big part of pass game. With Brandon Weeden starting, he led Dallas in both targets and receiving. Dunbar should have a major role for as long as Dez Bryant is sidelined. He's worth an add as a gameflow-dependent RB4.
Sep 27 - 5:10 PM

Lance Dunbar caught 3-of-5 targets for 45 yards in Dallas' Week 2 win over the Eagles.

He added an eight-yard rush. Two of Dunbar's targets were deep sideline shots, He narrowly missed the first on what could have been a touchdown, and snagged the second for a 39-yard grab. Essentially playing a different position than Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden, Dunbar could continue to see his role in the passing game grow as the Cowboys look for ways to manufacture offense in the absence of Dez Bryant and Tony Romo.
Sep 20 - 8:25 PM

Lance Dunbar had eight catches for 70 yards in Sunday night's Week 1 win over the Giants.

Dunbar didn't get any carries, but played on pass downs over Joseph Randle. The Cowboys used him as a receiver in their four-wide packages. Dunbar finished with eight targets, behind only Jason Witten. With Dez Bryant (foot) sidelined, Dunbar should continue to have a major pass-game role in Week 2 against the Eagles.
Sep 14 - 12:22 AM believes Lance Dunbar could "possibly" get third-down reps.

Oddly, Dunbar was more hyped in the 2014 preseason, where the Cowboys still had DeMarco Murray. Dunbar has been expected to serve as the third-down back this season, but there have never been any concrete proclamations. When it comes to touches, Dunbar is a distant third behind Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden.
Sep 10 - 5:24 PM

Lance Dunbar is expected to serve as the Cowboys' "nickel running back" this season.

In other words, Dunbar will be the sub-package back playing in shotgun settings, and perhaps in Dallas' two-minute drills. As's Bryan Broaddus notes, "Jerry Jones spoke of getting Dunbar more touches during the season. It appears that he will be getting his wish." Dunbar remains third in line for touches in the Cowboys' backfield, behind Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden.
Sep 4 - 6:40 PM

Lance Dunbar operated as Joseph Randle's change-of-pace back in Saturday's preseason game, rushing once for one yard.

Dunbar's lone touch came on Dallas' second series. He entered the game before Darren McFadden, though DMC got more touches. McFadden got work with Tony Romo still in the game. The way things have set up, Randle should carry the mail in Week 1 with Dunbar and McFadden taking turns changing the pace. Dunbar could eventually come into value, but he's unlikely to make much a fantasy impact in September.
Aug 29 - 9:39 PM

Lance Dunbar (ankle) has been cleared for Sunday’s preseason game.

Dunbar missed over a week of training camp and was held out of the Cowboys first preseason game. With Joseph Randle (oblique) doubtful for Sunday and Darren McFadden’s (hamstring) status up in the air, he'll likely handle first-team work. Coming off an ankle issue, Dunbar should play limited snaps.
Aug 22 - 4:38 PM

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, "fumbling has been a problem" for RB Lance Dunbar at Cowboys camp.

Dunbar failed to earn a consistent role in Dallas' backfield last year and could again if he can't fix his ball-security woes. He had another fumble in team drills during Tuesday evening's practice, forcing coaches to pull Dunbar off the field. The Cowboys are hoping Dunbar steps up to claim their passing-down-back job. Dunbar has a similar skill set to Shane Vereen.
Aug 18 - 9:29 PM

Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (ankle) returned to practice on Saturday.

Dunbar ended up missing 10 days with a sprained ankle. Darren McFadden, who had missed all of training camp with a hamstring injury, was also back on the practice field on Saturday. Dunbar and McFadden will compete for touches behind likely starter Joseph Randle.
Aug 16 - 8:54 PM

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