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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Cowboys Injury Update: Dallas to reduce DeMarco Murray's carries

By on 10/07/2014 11:00:00 AM

The Dallas Cowboys want to lighten DeMarco Murray's workload as the season progresses. The running back is on a course to tie Larry Johnson's NFL record of 416 carries for one season, as reported by Todd Archer of

Murray is the NFL's leading rusher after five games, carrying the ball 130 times for 670 yards. Coach Jason Garrett realizes his running back has been getting a lot of work so far, which has prompted him to try and lessen the load put on Murray.

Murray had a career high with 29 carries against the Tennessee Titans two weeks ago and has already surpassed that total with 31 carries against the Houston Texans. He has carried the ball over 20 times in every game this year. At this pace, he will break Emmitt Smith's team record of 377 carries in a single season.

The Cowboys need to be cautious with Murray going forward this season. Murray has not had more than 217 carries in a season. This is due to the fact that the running back has dealt with ankle, foot and knee injuries, which has caused him to miss 11 games in a three-year span. The Cowboys' two back-up running backs have combined for only 22 carries for 88 yards this season.

The Cowboys have been playing very well this season, in most part because of how well Murray is running the ball. This has opened up the passing game and taken some of the load off of Tony Romo this year. Coach Garrett needs to pay close attention in game situations. They need to effectively assess how to use Murray based upon how much ahead or behind they are during a game. The Cowboys' offensive success rests firmly on Murray's shoulders this season.

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