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On Monday night, Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was added to the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement for the San Francisco 49ers’ Frank Gore. We’d imagine it’s exciting and welcome news for Murray, given that he’s has never been to the NFL’s all-star game before. But for owner Jerry Jones, the news admittedly arouses a little concern, the result of Murray’s history with injuries.
“I’m troubled but not to the extent that I want to do anything about it,” Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. “I think we really got in real good shape last year with [rookie Joseph] Randle and really have a lot of promise with Randle. I think he’s every bit the player I thought he was going to be when we drafted him, and then [Lance] Dunbar did nothing but, as far as what he’s capable of doing, competing, and playing at this level and making big plays for us, I like where we are at running back. And it would have to be a pretty unique situation, but those are there in the draft, to draft another running back, but we’ve got some pretty good competition there, especially if we want to keep a fullback on the roster.”
Through 14 games last season, Murray had 1,121 yards on 217 carries and nine touchdowns--all of these, including games played, career highs. The two games missed were the result of a knee injury back in October. Through three years in the league, Murray has missed a total of 11 games due to injury.
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