Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar is scheduled to undergo an MRI today to determine the extent of the damage to his left knee, but the term isn’t overly optimistic. According to Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com, the Cowboys fear Dunbar tore the ACL and MCL in his knee, which would sideline him for the rest of the 2015 season.
Dunbar, 25, has been a key part of the Dallas offense through the first month of the season, establishing a new career high already in receptions (21). He racked up 54 yards on the ground on just three carries before leaving Sunday’s game against the Saints.
While DeMarco Murray‘s departure opened the door for Dunbar to get a little more playing time, his receiving ability out of the backfield would have helped him carve out a role even if Murray had re-signed with the Cowboys in the offseason.
If Dunbar is sidelined for the year, Dallas would still have Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden, and Christine Michael could take on a larger role. However, the team may want to add another receiving back to the mix, particularly to help alleviate the pressure on Brandon Weeden – or Matt Cassel – until Tony Romo returns.