The Cowboys started Julius Jones when everyone thought Marion Barber should be starting. They started Barber when a case could be made for Felix Jones starting. Now, everyone is asking whether rookie DeMarco Murray has supplanted Felix Jones as the team's starting running back.
Murray has rushed for 327 yards and scored a touchdownon 33 carries the past two weeks in Jones' absence. He now is tied for 21st in the NFL with 400 yards on 58 carries. In the first five games, Jones gained 253 yards and scored a touchdown on 63 carries.
But the Cowboys aren't ready to name Murray the starter.
"We just feel that we have two guys like those two who can play for us," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Monday. "I think everyone understands that you need more than one back in this league, and each of those guys will have a role when Felix comes back, and hopefully we’ll put them in the best position where they can help us the most."
Jones has missed the past two games with a high-ankle sprain. He could miss another week and possibly two with the injury. He was coy about his progress Monday, saying, "we'll see" when asked whether he has a chance to return this week.
-- Charean Williams