|Chance of Injury in 2021:||19%|
|Chance of Injury per Game:||1.3%|
|Projected Games missed for 2021:||0.1|
-- Murray drew 33% of his carries and 42% of his targets in the 2 games Alvin Kamara missed.
-- His touch share rose after Kamara’s return vs. where it started the year.
-- New Orleans’ offense leaned back toward the pass in 2019 after going run-heavy in 2018.
-- Murray remains the clear #2 back in 1 of the league’s top offenses.
Murray delivered big time when he got the chance last season.
Alvin Kamara sustained a high-ankle sprain and then a knee injury within the same week in 2019. He missed Weeks 7 and 8. So Murray stepped in for rushing lines of 27-119-2 and 21-102-1 and receiving lines of 5-31 and 9-55-1. He ranked 2nd and 3rd among RBs in PPR scoring those 2 weeks.
Otherwise, Murray scored just 2 TDs in the remaining 14 games. His only other game of more than 12 touches came in Week 17, when Kamara left early in a blowout win over the Panthers.
But Murray did stay more involved after Kamara’s return. He drew just 19.7% of Saints carries before Kamara’s injury; 33.5% after Kamara returned from his missed games. Murray’s target share also grew slightly, from 4.1% pre-injury to 5.5% after.
Just like his overall touch count, Murray’s red-zone opportunities got a big boost from Kamara’s absence. According to Pro Football Reference, 13 of his 23 red-zone carries and 5 of his 8 red-zone targets came in the 2 games Kamara missed. All 3 of his RZ scores came in those 2 contests. Another 4 red-zone carries came in the aforementioned Jacksonville and Carolina games that Kamara left early. That left just 6 RZ carries in Murray’s other 12 appearances.
The Saints have since added only Ty Montgomery to the backfield. We’ll see what kind of a role the former Packer, Raven and Jet can command. But failing to stick with any of those 3 teams beyond his age-26 season doesn’t bode well for Montgomery’s outlook. Murray should easily remain ahea…
|Oct 2, 2016||NFL||Pedal Toe Turf Toe||Murray missed 2 games.|
|Nov 8, 2015||NFL||Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1||Murray was knocked unconscious and had to leave his Week 9 game. He was able to play the following week.|
|Nov 20, 2014||NFL||Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1||Murray had to leave the field after taking a hit in a Week 12 game against the Chiefs. He sat out the following week.|
|Aug 9, 2013||NFL||Pedal Ankle Sprain Grade 2||Murray rarely practiced in training camp and eventually landed on IR. He underwent a scope in August.|
|Jun 12, 2013||NFL||Pedal Foot Sprain||Murray missed all of minicamp with a foot injury.|
|Aug 30, 2012||Non-NFL||Shoulder||Murray hurt his shoulder in the opening game of his senior year. He missed 3 games.|
|May 1, 2009||Non-NFL||Knee ACL Tear Grade 3||Murray tore his right ACL in a pickup basketball game.|