As a rookie in 2011, Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray looked like he was on the fast track to becoming an elite running back. He gained 978 yards from scrimmage in seven starts before a broken ankle cut his breakout season off at Week 14. Last year, Murray's numbers fell off precipitously as he gained 914 yards from scrimmage in 10 games. The only thing that stayed the same was the missed time due to injury as a sprained foot cost Murray six games.
For 2013, Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown told the Dallas Morning News that he wants "to get [Murray] to be an elite runner," but first things first.
"We all know that the injury bug has hit him a little bit," Brown said of Murray. "We have to keep him healthy, and he and I will work together to just refine some of his things and get him better. Obviously, he is a good, talented runner.
Since 2007, dating back to his time at Oklahoma, Murray has suffered multiple knee injuries, multiple hamstring injuries, a broken ankle and a sprained foot. The Cowboys can try to keep him healthy by reducing his carry count, but it doesn't sound like they want to do that. Murray is another one of those talented-by-injury-prone players in the NFL. Nothing is going to ultimately stop him from getting hurt other than plain luck. Just like with Michael Vick, Murray should just play his game and not worry about anything else. And as with any injury-prone fantasy commodity, owners need to weigh the risks. With Murray, they are high, but he is still a strong RB2.