Last week, in the days leading up to the Dallas Cowboys' emphatic win over the defending Super Bowl champs on Sunday, the Cowboys' coaching staff laid out plans to give workhorse running back DeMarco Murray some breathers on Sunday and moving forward for the rest of the year.
Yet, Murray carried the ball 29 times on Sunday and had six catches for an impressive 146 total yards. He's such a beast. But you have to wonder if his body will hold up in a season which projects him to carry the ball more than 400 times.
Murray has had his fair share of injury history, having never played a complete 16-game schedule in his NFL career. So far, so good, but you have to worry.
Even though Murray touched the ball a ton again on Sunday, he did some time off, and his backups' performances were encouraging.
Joseph Randle had five carries for 52 yards, including a big 38-yarder. Lance Dunbar had a carry for a loss and then caught four balls for 48 yards.
Obviously, Murray is the stud in the backfield, but it's nice to know his backups could have some success against the league's top rushing defense in the hornet's nest known as CenturyLink Field.