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RB Lance Dunbar - Dallas Cowboys

5-8, 191Born: 1-25-1990College: North TexasDrafted: ---

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From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Oct 5): Dunbar injured his left knee seriously in the game on Sunday - the initial diagnosis is a torn left ACL and MCL, which will be further evaluated via MRI on Monday. The fear is that Dunbar is done for the season.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 5): The Cowboys fear Dunbar tore his ACL and MCL on a non-contact injury Sunday night. He was producing quality weekly numbers in PPR leagues and starting to click as a runner.

General News (Tue Oct 6): suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee in Week 4. He will miss the remainder of the season.

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Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs NYG 33 0 0 0 8 8 70 0 0 7
2 at PHI 30 1 8 0 5 3 45 0 0 5.3
3 vs ATL 20 1 5 0 10 10 100 0 0 10.5
4 at NO 9 3 54 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.4
5 vs NE PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 4 vs NO (3 / 54 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dunbar had an expanded role against New Orleans as the primary backup, over Darren McFadden, on the opening drives. Typically a passing down specialist, Dunbar exceled on the ground with two long gains in the opening half. After a strong first half, Dunbar injured his knee on the opening kickoff of the second half. The team fears a torn ACL and MCL. Dunbar had the third-most targets on the season for Dallas. Expect Cole Beasley and Jason Witten to pick up the underneath route slack as Joseph Randle has not been a high-rate receiving option in his career, Darren McFadden does not offer much open field appeal anymore, and Christine Michael has yet to be used much in passing situations in his career to-date.

2015 Week 3 vs ATL (1 / 5 / 0 rush, 10 / 10 / 100 / 0 rec)

Dunbar had one of his finest games in the NFL with 10 receptions against Atlanta. Dunbar consistently beat single coverage over the middle as Brandon Weeden's outlet target. When in hurry-up mode, Dunbar did most of his damage, seeing exclusive backfield snaps and his highlight play. Dunbar spun away from the defender all the way down to the one-yard-line in the final minutes of the first half. Three receptions late in the fourth quarter padded Dunbar's stat line as Dallas attempted to close the two-score deficit with underneath receptions.

2015 Week 2 vs PHI (1 / 8 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)

Dunbar was active as a receiver against the Eagles, regularly lining up split out from the formation. On two occasions, Dunbar beat man coverage on deep routes. The first was against quality cover linebacker Mychal Kendricks with the ball just out of reach for Dunbar on the long potential touchdown. In the second half Dunbar got loose down the sidelines, locating the ball over his outside shoulder for the outstanding deep reception. Later in the game Dunbar exhibited a strong stiff arm on a reception in the flat, coming up just short of the first down marker. Dunbar's only notable play on the ground came on a give-up play call on third-and-down. With Dez Bryant out of the lineup, look for Dunbar to continue his work as a receiver.

2015 Week 1 vs NYG (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 8 / 8 / 70 / 0 rec)

Dunbar saw the most snaps of Dallas running backs and the primary option in Dallas' hurry up offense. He motioned out as a receiver multiple times and the Cowboys had set plays to get Dunbar the ball in space. In addition to maintaining control through contact on a tough third down reception in the red zone, Dunbar was instrumental on Dallas' game-winning drive in the closing two minutes. A huge gain to midfield, followed by another chunk gain as the Giants defense sagged in a deep shell put Dallas into position for the Week 1 victory.


Latest News

Cowboys | Lance Dunbar out for season (Mon Oct 5, 06:33 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee) will miss the rest of the 2015 season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered in Week 4. He scheduled to undergo surgery in the near future to repair the injury. Dunbar also suffered a partially torn medial collateral ligament, according to a source.

Our View: The Cowboys offense is dealt another blow here. Dunbar was working well as a receiver and explosive change-of-pace back, and now the team will have to turn to Darren McFadden in that role. Joseph Randle is still the lead back, and we could see more of Christine Michael going forward.
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Cowboys | Lance Dunbar has season-ending injury? (Mon Oct 5, 01:56 PM) - Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee) suffered a serious knee injury in Week 4 against the New Orleans Saints, and the Cowboys fear that Dunbar tore both the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his knee. He is undergoing an MRI exam Monday, Oct. 5.

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Cowboys | Lance Dunbar might be out a while (Mon Oct 5, 01:04 AM) - Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee) will undergo further evaluation after leaving the Week 4 game against the New Orleans Saints. 'It doesn't look good,' owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Sunday, Oct. 4. Dunbar was wearing a large brace on his left leg and he was on crutches.

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Cowboys | Lance Dunbar injured on kickoff (Sun Oct 4, 09:39 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee) was helped off the field after suffering an apparent left knee injury on a kickoff return to open the second half of the Week 4 game against the New Orleans Saints. He was carted off to the locker room.

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Cowboys | Christine Michael to see some action? (Thu Oct 1, 07:21 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Christine Michael took repetitions with the first-team offense in practice this week and is being prepared for game-day duty in Week 4 against the New Orleans Saints. The Cowboys are trying to find a way to carry four running backs on their active roster including RBs Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar. Michael spend the first few weeks in Dallas learning the offense while on the scout team. Michael brings size and a physical style to the run game that the other backs on the team do not. He could serve as the hammer with the Saints expected to use plenty of eight- and nine-man fronts with QB Brandon Weeden at the helm.

Our View: Michael has a lot to prove after some lackluster chances in Seattle. The pecking order in Dallas' backfield is cloudy, so we wouldn't drop him in the lineup unless you're desperate until we see what he has to offer.
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