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Buffalo Bills running backs in peril after Marcus Murphy leaves with arm injury

The Bills are down to their fourth RB.

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

The Buffalo Bills are down to their fourth-string running back as Marcus Murphy has left the game with what looks like a broken arm. He left the game in the second quarter and his return is officially “doubtful”.

Murphy was the starting running back after LeSean McCoy and Chris Ivory were declared inactive with hamstring and shoulder injuries, respectively.

Undrafted rookie Keith Ford was promoted from the practice squad this week and is the only other running back on the roster. Patrick DiMarco is still healthy at fullback and could give Ford a breather here or there.

Beyond Ford, we could see speedy Isaiah McKenzie take on more of a running role or Charles Clay or Ray-Ray McCloud could see time at running back. Clay and McCloud haven’t played the position in a while, but played RB in college and high school.

Josh Allen is the team’s leading rusher. Maybe bring in Matt Barkley at QB and put Allen at running back? Maybe Kyle Williams could get a carry or two, as well.