The Dallas Cowboys' running back situation has been nothing if not complicated so far in 2015.
With Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar and, more recently, Christine Michael all vying for touches, there is far less certainty surrounding the position than the DeMarco Murray one-man-show offered in 2014.
But, the crowded backfield could be down to just two players for at least one game if reports today regarding the severity of Randle's injury are correct.
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According to NFL Media's Rand Getlin, the initial fear amongst Cowboys staff is that Randle will miss "some time" after sustaining an oblique injury early on during Dallas' Sunday night clash with the New York Giants.
With Lance Dunbar already done for the season, Darren McFadden and Christine Michael would be left to handle the RB responsibilities for the team's week eight fixture against the Seahawks.
Position in doubt
Randle dealt with a similar injury during the preseason, missing Dallas' August 13 defeat to the Chargers, and any prolonged absence would cast further doubt over his position on the Cowboys' RB depth chart.
There had been speculation the third-year back had lost his starting job to Michael during the franchise's bye week, only for Randle to be on the field for the opening drive last night.
But, having failed to impress so far this season with a string of erratic performances, and with McFadden having rushed for 152 yards in his absence vs the Giants, any injury layoff could be a big blow to his personal hopes.
The Cowboys, too, will be hoping not to lose Randle for much time, especially considering McFadden's history with injury and Christine Michael's apparent inability to make good on his obvious potential.
Without Tony Romo until at least week 11, the Cowboys need all hands to the deck in the running game. Today's news, then, is far from ideal.
Cowboys fans: Who do you want starting at running back moving forward? Let us know in the comments below...
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