The Dallas Cowboys rumors heading into the 2013 season surrounded Lance Dunbar leading when it came to the backup running back role. However, according to the Dallas Cowboys official website on Aug. 19, Dunbar suffered a sprained left foot and won’t play another preseason game.
This is an ominous sign for Dunbar, who bears a strong similarity to Felix Jones, someone with a great burst of speed who is honestly too small for an extended role in the offense. Dunbar, who promises to be ready to take the field again in time for the Cowboys’ first game of the season against the New York Giants, is a better fit as a third down back.
Dunbar looked good in the Arizona Cardinals preseason game, outside of a costly fumble, one of six turnovers the Cowboys committed in the game. However, he was in a walking boot on Monday at practice and will miss three to four weeks with the sprained foot.
Philip Tanner looked fantastic in the Hall of Fame game, and with Dunbar out of action, he has a chance to show that he belongs in that main backup spot over the speedy Dunbar. Rookie draft pick Joseph Randle also gets the chance to win that role, but right now Tanner has to be seen as the leading candidate for the role.
With DeMarco Murray injury prone, the Cowboys backup running back will play an important role this year, and Lance Dunbar – explosive as he is – might not be the best choice as an every down back. This injury might prove that point.