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Lance Dunbar out for year with torn ACL, MCL

As one offensive playmaker nears a return to the Dallas Cowboys, another is taken out of the equation.

MRIs revealed Monday that running back Lance Dunbar suffered a torn ACL and MCL and will miss the remainder of the season, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of his results.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett told reporters on Monday that the team anticipated the MRI results.

Dunbar suffered in the injury returning a second-half kickoff during Sunday night's overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints. The fourth-year running back appeared to be in the midst of a breakout season prior to the injury. He had 21 catches for 215 yards in Dallas' first three games and was on pace for the most receptions ever by a running back.

Dunbar offered another peek at his playmaking ability on the second play from scrimmage against the Saints, when he busted a 45-yard run to set up Dallas' opening field goal. He had 10 catches for 100 yards last week against the Saints.

Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden was asked what Dunbar has meant to the Cowboys' offense this season.

"So much," said Weeden, per "He does a lot out of the backfield for us. Obviously we saw that last week. And he ran the ball with a couple of big runs. He's electric."

With Dunbar out of the picture, we can expect Christine Michael (acquired in a trade from the Seahawks last month) to see a bigger role. Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden will continue to see the bulk of snaps for the 2-2 Cowboys.

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