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Cowboys may have only two tailbacks on Sunday night

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Though it’s unknown whether rookie DeMarco Murray’s 253-yard effort from last weekend will move him up from No. 3 on the depth chart, he’ll continue to be the lead dog on Sunday night in Philly, when the Cowboys face the Eagles.

Starter Felix Jones continues to be hampered by a high ankle sprain, and Tashard Choice is expected to be questionable with a dislocated shoulder suffered last week against the Rams.

According to the team’s official website, Murray (pictured) and Phillip Tanner may be the only two tailbacks who’ll play this week.

The Cowboys don’t have another running back who could be elevated from the practice squad.  Barring the highly unlikely decision to sign a guy off the street (Brian Westbrook, anyone?), it will be Murray and Tanner on Sunday night.

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47 Responses to “Cowboys may have only two tailbacks on Sunday night”
  1. jimbobobjr says: Oct 28, 2011 1:17 PM

    These clowns have another primetime game?

  2. edgarprado says: Oct 28, 2011 1:20 PM

    Tiki!

  3. dublindemonszfl says: Oct 28, 2011 1:20 PM

    They got a fulback?

  4. pjcostello says: Oct 28, 2011 1:21 PM

    They won’t need more tailbacks for Sunday night’s game. Two will be sufficient — and more than sufficient.

    The question is: How many Eagles’ “defenders” will have the aforementioned tailbacks’ cleat marks on the back of their jerseys?

    And this is from an Eagles fan!!

  5. redbullenergydrink says: Oct 28, 2011 1:22 PM

    Good news for all of us who grabbed DeMarco Murray for our fantasy teams! Make us proud, DeMarco!

  6. hit2hurt says: Oct 28, 2011 1:23 PM

    Dallas always seems to need a strong 3rd stringer.. It seems like every year, lately, the top 2 backs will get hurt, and open the door for the 3rd stringer to start. When Marion Barber and Felix Jones were hurt each of the past 2 years, Tashard Choice stepped in.. Now Felix Jones and Tashard Choice are hurt, and DeMarco Murray steps in. Opportunities for 3rd stringers to step up and shine don’t come along often.. It’ll be interesting to see how DeMarco Murray follows up his 253 yard performance.. The Cowboys and Eagles always play each other tough!

  7. NakedCowboy! says: Oct 28, 2011 1:24 PM

    Please dont put the game in romos hand… we need to pound it against philly… 50/50 split is essential against eagles…

  8. localbandhero says: Oct 28, 2011 1:25 PM

    Tashard is definitely dropped to number 3, then cut/traded come the offseason. Really, Murray/Tanner could be the starting backs next year.

  9. pbolyard says: Oct 28, 2011 1:25 PM

    Guess I should start Murray this week in fantasy football then since he is playing that overrated eagles defense

  10. fissels says: Oct 28, 2011 1:26 PM

    I trust in Tanner

  11. cbs1971 says: Oct 28, 2011 1:27 PM

    Brian Westbrook? LOL…man o man, would that just spark the eagle fans if that happened…but…it’s not gonna happen. Eagles win 24-21.

  12. bobhk says: Oct 28, 2011 1:28 PM

    That’s awesome! Philly might be one solid hit on Murray away from putting the game in Romo’s hands. That’s usually good for a INT or two.
    Jerry Jones is awesome!

  13. elroyjetsson says: Oct 28, 2011 1:30 PM

    Tiki Barber was flabbergasted his phone didnt ring

  14. norseyapper says: Oct 28, 2011 1:35 PM

    They could trade for Brandon Jacobs ’cause as we all know he loooooves the cowboys.

  15. laeaglefan says: Oct 28, 2011 1:38 PM

    It would be absolute heresy for Brian Westbrook to play for the Cowboys against the Eagles.

  16. carpetpissers says: Oct 28, 2011 1:39 PM

    Great news considering they’re both tougher and/or more skilled than the two that will be on the bench. One can’t stay healthy and the other can’t keep the ball off the groud.

  17. mustyoldclapptrap says: Oct 28, 2011 1:45 PM

    Perfect. That’s all we’ll need.

  18. speedlimit41 says: Oct 28, 2011 1:46 PM

    That’s all they need to cut threw that swiss cheese defense.

  19. canetic says: Oct 28, 2011 1:47 PM

    Tiki Time!

  20. warrenmoon says: Oct 28, 2011 1:49 PM

    Who cares? It doesn’t matter how many you have if they are good, they don’t run a 3 back set. The Vikings could only have Peterson active and I don’t think that would make any Vikings fan worried

  21. bangthedrum22 says: Oct 28, 2011 1:58 PM

    If murray can run like he did last week they wont need anyone else.

  22. upperdecker19 says: Oct 28, 2011 1:59 PM

    That’s two more tailbacks than people that had their Super Bowl tix in temporary seating areas redeemed.

  23. hinesward86 says: Oct 28, 2011 2:01 PM

    Tiki Barber?

  24. 303bengalguy says: Oct 28, 2011 2:10 PM

    Wasn’t Tanner the kid w/ all the highlight reel runs in pre-season?

  25. test2402 says: Oct 28, 2011 2:15 PM

    Please don’t Westbrook. I’ll match whatever they are going to pay you so you don’t play for them.

  26. qdizzle says: Oct 28, 2011 2:23 PM

    Choice is a Hazard!

  27. oriolesvsravens says: Oct 28, 2011 2:23 PM

    Weren’t there rumors of trading or cutting Choice? Murray may make that happen if he can keep it up.

  28. pacificamjr says: Oct 28, 2011 2:26 PM

    when you have a gunslinger thats so talented and clutch as TR, do you really need any RB’s???!!?

  29. bhindenemylines says: Oct 28, 2011 2:29 PM

    Tony Fiammetta is their FB, so if there are any issues, he can run the ball just like Moose used to.

    No worries.

  30. caboose12 says: Oct 28, 2011 2:31 PM

    Doesn’t matter who running the ball. Romo will invent a whole new way to lose the game.

  31. billinva says: Oct 28, 2011 2:31 PM

    But, but, but, but..

    Jerry will make it all better right?

  32. bhindenemylines says: Oct 28, 2011 2:31 PM

    And I wonder how “up” Westbrook would be to play against Philly. While I think it’s a 99.5% chance of it happening, it would be intriguing.

  33. snarkzilla says: Oct 28, 2011 2:34 PM

    I guess Tony Fiammetta is going to see some carries, then.

  34. Mr. Super-Cool Awesome says: Oct 28, 2011 2:39 PM

    I could get you 75 and a Tub against that defense. No worries.

  35. butterstone84 says: Oct 28, 2011 2:42 PM

    murray saved my ff game last week. what a beast

  36. itsmammoth says: Oct 28, 2011 2:53 PM

    Tanner and Murray are the better backs anyways. Might actually have a run game now.

  37. boswivel says: Oct 28, 2011 3:06 PM

    jimbobobjr says:
    Oct 28, 2011 1:17 PM
    These clowns have another primetime game?

    ___________________

    I think you’re looking for the baseball blog down the street.

  38. hashsview says: Oct 28, 2011 3:14 PM

    These bums don’t got jack on LeSean McCoy

  39. We'reFineThere says: Oct 28, 2011 3:18 PM

    Whoever called the Eagles defense overrated, welcome to the 2011 season. While you sell your stock I’ll be buying mine because right now the perception could not be any lower.

  40. jayrandle says: Oct 28, 2011 3:28 PM

    With Murray performance from last week dont take him out of the game…

  41. wakiash says: Oct 28, 2011 3:32 PM

    Free Dez Bryant (and Dan Bailey)!!!

  42. alaricsrevenge says: Oct 28, 2011 4:22 PM

    pacificamjr says:
    Oct 28, 2011 2:26 PM
    when you have a gunslinger thats so talented and clutch as TR, do you really need any RB’s???!!?

    ————————————————

    Bwwwahahhhahahhahahahaaaa

    You’re joking right? sheesh…Dallas fans…. just a bunch of Jurrah’s sheeple

  43. alaricsrevenge says: Oct 28, 2011 4:26 PM

    I love all this Murray love here cus he had a 200+ yard game last week and now all you Dallas Sheeple expect it every week. Murray has as much of a chance of a repeat performance as does Kurt Coleman having another 3 Int game… Wait… you have Tony OhNo as a QB…

  44. howley1 says: Oct 28, 2011 5:25 PM

    Murray has as much of a chance of a repeat performance as does Kurt Coleman having another 3 Int game… Wait… you have Tony OhNo as a QB…

    ————————————————-

    Yeah, and you have Larry, Moe and Curley at LB so let’s not pretend that it’s out of the realm of possibility. Romo has won four of his last five starts against the Eagles so I’m not too worried about him.

  45. howley1 says: Oct 28, 2011 5:27 PM

    I’d like to welcome all the Eagles fans back into the light after cowering in the dark corners of PFT for a month hahahahaha

  46. fmwarner says: Oct 28, 2011 8:18 PM

    pbolyard says: Oct 28, 2011 1:25 PM

    Guess I should start Murray this week in fantasy football then since he is playing that overrated eagles defense
    ==================================

    Doesn’t the general perception have to be that something is good before that thing can be overrated?

  47. carpetpissers says: Oct 29, 2011 9:16 AM

    alaricsrevenge says:
    Oct 28, 2011 4:26 PM
    I love all this Murray love here cus he had a 200+ yard game last week and now all you Dallas Sheeple expect it every week. Murray has as much of a chance of a repeat performance as does Kurt Coleman having another 3 Int game… Wait… you have Tony OhNo as a QB…

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I don’t think anyone is expecting 200+ every week. At least not anyone with half a brain who knows anything about the game. However, what are Cowboys fans supposed to do, not be happy? Maybe we should knock the kid for having a big game. It matters none who he did it against, it was a great game for him and for the team.

    If he can run for half the yards he did against the Rams in this Eagles game and find the endzone, which certainly with that vaunted Eagles run defense… is possible, the Cowboys have a great chance to get a W Sunday night.

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