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Cowboys RB Murray suffers sprained MCL

DeMarco Murray left Sunday's game early with a confirmed sprained MCL.

ARLINGTON, Texas – The injury bug struck DeMarco Murray again Sunday night.


The Dallas Cowboys’ starting running back sprained his last MCL in a 31-16 win over the Washington Redskins.


Murray was on his way to posting one of his better games when he left early in the second quarter.


Murray rushed for 21 yards and a touchdown on five attempts in the first quarter. He finished with 29 yards on seven carries.


Little-used rookie Joseph Randle took Murray’s spot and rushed 11 times for 17 yards and a touchdown.


Murray came with a history of injuries when he was drafted in the third round out of Oklahoma in 2011. Last season, he missed six games with a foot injury.


"We actually thought that DeMarco was going to be back out there, but decided against it," owner Jerry Jones said. "Just from what I heard, it doesn't seem long-term."


Head coach Jason Garrett confirmed Murray’s diagnosis during his postgame press conference but did not estimate how long he would be out.


"We'll see how he is in the morning as to what the prognosis is going forward," Garrett said.


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