Murray says durability comes from offseason workouts with Witten


Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is on pace to break the NFL record for carries in a season, and so far he’s shown no signs of slowing down. Murray says tight end Jason Witten deserves a lot of the credit for that.

Murray told the Star-Telegram that Witten pushed him through offseason workouts that have them both in better shape and ready to withstand the rigors of a 16-game season.

“It helped a lot, obviously with the stamina aspect just building a good armor for your body so you can take some hits and take the pounding of a long season,” Murray said. “He’s done it for a long time, and he’s someone who has had a lot of success in this league, and he knows what to do to take care of your body in season and out of season, so it helped a lot, and I have to thank him, and we’re still working together.”

Witten said he taught Murray this offseason that working hard in the spring is the best way to remain healthy during the fall. Murray said he’s never been in better shape than he is now, thanks to Witten pushing him through a workout routine.

“Witten is the big dog, and I can’t tell him no,” Murray said. “It was understood, hey, let’s get some work in, and we did it.”

The Cowboys are benefiting from that work now.

24 responses to “Murray says durability comes from offseason workouts with Witten

  1. Durability is irrelevant after the sort of 400 carry + playoffs season he is heading for.

    Even if he doesn’t break this year he will never recover 100% from that sort or overuse, just like all the other overused backs who’ve suffered the effects of that sort of season.

    I hope the cowboys stop cheating this guy out of his future and I think even the most cold hearted cowboy fan would hope they keep him relatively fresh for the playoffs.

  2. All of this training is certainly a good idea … but most injuries are caused by simple bad luck.

  3. Hail to the Cowboys!
    Hail Victory!
    Demarco on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D!
    Run or pass and score — We want a lot more!
    Beat ‘em, Swamp ‘em,
    Touchdown! — Let the points soar!
    Fight on, fight on ‘Til you have won
    Sons of Dall-as. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!
    Hail to the Cowboys!
    Hail Victory!
    Romo on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D!

  4. The NFLPA’s prohibition on as many official off season workouts as in theist CBA has not done their players any favors

    The prevalence of injuries seems much higher and the quality of the game – and profitability for players – is suffering

  5. With the dime-a-dozen mentality the Cowboys can run him ’till the wheels fall off this year and let him test the market. Some other teams would overpay him and deal with the issues typical of overused RBs. His success is half him and half o-line.

    I’m not advocating this approach, just stating that it could be their thought process this year.

  6. Yes “ihttr” the cowgirls will always be laughed at more than your 2-5 record, the scrutiny surrounding your own teams name (!!!), and your crybaby fragile QB. Keep on laughing at us.

  7. I think the biggest contributing factor to all the injuries the last couple years is the limitations the CBA puts on off season workouts and activities at the team stadiums.

    Half these guys don’t do the workout regimes they should be on if they don’t have to, and the result is weaker, more injury prone bodies.

  8. agree with harrisonhits

    They COULD work out in the offseason and have good monster season. Those that do stand a better chance of avoiding injury and having monster seasons (and better paydays)

    But the truth is, if they aren’t – and can’t be – forced to stay in condition most of them won’t

    So thanks to the NFLPA, more NFLPA members are suffering season and even career ending injuries

    It’s not the first time a union has done something that was not in the best interest of their membership – but it should be rectified.

    NFL organizations have EVERY incentive to keep players in shape, healthy, and on the field for as long and productive a career as possible.

    The check and balance in this case is out of whack with most players lacking the discipline to do what they should on their own.

  9. He’s not getting hit as hard as Riggins. To be a HOF kind of running back a player has to demonstrate consistency over time. Today, post 1977, that means rushing the ball more than 300 times a season (or for QB, completing 300 or more passes a season) and doing so several times. Murray has had 3 seasons to feel out the NFL, to gain strength, and to develop and to be trusted as a focus of the offense. If Dallas continues to win and can gain home field throughout, Murray may get to take game 16 off or reduce carries, which would impact his run at LJ.

  10. Witten is the greatest tight end of all time. He’s every bit the receiver Shapre, Winslow, or Gonzalez were, and all of the were a shadow of Witten when it came to blocking.

    Name me another 260 lb TE who regularly put up games with 10 or 12 catches.

  11. If the Cowboys start cutting back on Murray’s carries that would mean more interceptions for Romo and that equals more losses.

  12. Getting injured is often a matter of luck. Lee is an example. Witten
    himself has acknowledged his work ethic. Lee’s injury two years ago
    occurred while he was on the turf having made the tackle. Ware threw
    an opposing player down a bit after the play. The opposing player landed on Lee knocking him out for the year.
    Despite luck being a factor hard work can help in two ways. I believe
    it helps avoid injuries and also helps overcome the bumps and bruises
    that occur throughout the season. In other words the healthier you
    are and what shape you are in ….helps recovery during the week.
    If one recovers quicker the fresher he is . This helps avoid injuries.

  13. derekgorgonstar, look nobody is a bigger Cowboys or Witten fan than me, but stats dont lie. Witten does not “regularly” put up 10 – 12 reception games. Last time he did was in last year’s season finale. He hasn’t even had a 5 rec game this year, but he is contributing more to Murray’s stats right now, and this year’s grabs are usually converting 3rd downs so they mean more than the stats reveal. I agree that Witten is probably pound for pound the best all around TE. But if were are talking best receiving TE of all time at least for now, its tough for me to put him ahead of Gonzalez. On a side note, I probably would have mentioned Gates instead of Winslow, but that’s just me.

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