The rivalry Cowboys and Eagles reached new heights this year when Philadelphia pilfered the 2014 NFL rushing champion from Dallas. Which puts plenty of pressure on tailback DeMarco Murray to do the things for his new team that he did last year for his old one.
So, on the first day of training camp, Murray . . . didn’t practice at all.
He addressed the situation on Monday (when he did indeed practice), but Murray had no explanation for his absence from the prior day.
Via Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Murray said he wasn’t injured, and that the absence was the coach’s decision.
“You’re always upset when you don’t get the chance to go out there and compete and take the pressure off the other guys,” Murray said. “Obviously, as a competitor I want to be out there, but it didn’t happen.”
While there surely is a reason, Murray doesn’t know, because he didn’t ask coach Chip Kelly or running backs coach Duce Staley.
“I just do what I’m told,” Murray said.
It’s possible Murray was a little banged up from offseason workouts or working out on his own, and that the Eagles wanted to go easy with him out of the gates without inviting critics to say, “That’s what you get for signing a guy who couldn’t stay healthy until he was in a contract year.”
Practice or no practice on Sunday, that continues to be the biggest question for Murray: Can he stay healthy when not chasing a contract?
The Eagles were willing to bet that he can; the Cowboys weren’t.