Cowboys to limit Murray’s workload

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Running back DeMarco Murray has had a tremendous start to 2014 and is the main reason why the Dallas Cowboys are currently in first place in the NFC East. The problem is he’s had to work harder then ever to get the Cowboys there. He’s on pace for a NFL record 416 rushing attempts and that doesn’t even include his work in the passing game. Head coach Jason Garrett is hoping he doesn’t come anywhere near that number and will look to limit Murray’s workload in the future.

“DeMarco was out there and we think that’s probably too many carries in the game, week in and week out,” Garrett said. “He ended up with 31 so we’d like to get that number lower. We’d really just like to get the other guys an opportunity. I don’t see any wear and tear in DeMarco but having said that, we want to make sure we create a rotation and we’ll focus on doing that in the next few weeks.” (ESPN Dallas)

Lowering Murray’s workload is a good idea if the Cowboys have hopes to actually making the playoffs this year. DeMarco has had a history of injuries and his prior career high of rushing attempts was 217. So yea, he’s on pace to almost double his amount of carries.

I wouldn’t call that a good thing for a guy who has been hurt so often. The problem is the rest of the Cowboys roster hasn’t been good enough for them to rest their bell cow.

Expect Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar to get some more carries over the next couple weeks. How much more remains to be seen.

If you’re participating in FanDuel football leagues I wouldn’t change your plans for DeMarco Murray. I think he’ll still be one of the top backs there week in and week out, while his health holds up of course.

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