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.

47 responses to “Cowboys may have only two tailbacks on Sunday night

  1. 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!!

  2. 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!

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

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

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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

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

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

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

    No worries.

  13. 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.

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

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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???!!?

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    Bwwwahahhhahahhahahahaaaa

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

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

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    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.

  19. 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

  20. 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
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    Doesn’t the general perception have to be that something is good before that thing can be overrated?

  21. 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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