Invariably, a potential Super Bowl contender is derailed every year by an insane rash of injuries. That team this year appears to be the Dallas Cowboys, for whom the hits won’t stop coming.
Already having lost the likes of Orlando Scandrick, Dez Bryant and Tony Romo for who-knows-how-long, Dallas may now be without one of its most dangerous and versatile offensive weapons. Running back Lance Dunbar left Sunday night’s loss in New Orleans with an apparent knee injury, and the prognosis is suboptimal.
Per Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com, the Cowboys believe that Dunbar sustained both a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee, which will obviously sideline him for the remainder of the season.
While Dunbar had amassed just six carries on the season, he did the vast majority of his damage in the passing game. Dunbar currently ranks second on the club in both receptions (21) and receiving yards (215). He gave the Cowboys’ offense an electric underneath option that helped effectively mitigate how often Brandon Weeden would have to risk throwing downfield.
Without Dunbar, the Cowboys have no obvious replacement on the roster. None of Julius Randle, Darren McFadden or Christine Michael is the type of scatback that Dunbar is. Cole Beasley is the most similar player, and I’d imagine he’s the player that benefits most from Dunbar’s injury from a fantasy perspective.