The Cowboys expect the results of running back Lance Dunbar’s knee MRI will reveal a torn ACL.
“It doesn’t look good. We anticipate him having a torn ACL,” Garrett said, according to the team’s website. “We’ll determine when he’s going to have his surgery as the week goes on.”
Dunbar is Dallas’s primary running back on passing downs. He is second on the team with 21 receptions and 215 yards this season. He only carried five times for 67 yards, including a 45-yard rush.
When Dunbar is placed on injured reserve, the Cowboys will not vacant the roster spot to add another running back. Instead, the team will use the spot to activate either Rolando McClain or Greg Hardy, both of whom have finished serving four-game suspensions, Garrett said.
Dunbar’s injury leaves the Cowboys with three healthy running backs: starter Joseph Randle, veteran Darren McFadden and Christine Michael. Michael was acquired in a trade last month with the Seahawks and made his Dallas debut on Sunday.
- Dan Gartland