The Cowboys decision to release Tashard Choice on Saturday will have several repercussions in tonight's game against the Eagles.
The Cowboys have two healthy running backs on the roster and both are rookies in third round pick DeMarco Murray and free agent Phillip Tanner.
Look for Murray to get the start and also handle third downs. Tanner will supplant Murray on first and second downs but he is not ready for the third down package, a source said.
If both go down to injury, fullback Tony Fiammetta will be the emergency running back.
Clearly, the Cowboys made the move with Choice for short term and long term reasons.
No matter how much they were disappointed with his fumbles, his attitude and his poor special teams play, he would have likely still been on the roster he hadn't suffered a hamstring injury in Thursday's practice at Cowboys Stadium.
He couldn't practice Friday and was likely not going to be a factor against the Eagles.
With the team needing a roster spot to activate rookie linebacker Bruce Carter from the physically unable to perform list, sacrificing Choice made the most sense rather someone who could possibly help them in the game against the Eagles or in the near future.
The move also means that the Cowboys believe that Felix Jones will be back in the line u real soon, possibly as early as next week's game against the Seahawks.
Jones missed the Rams game and will miss the Eagles game with a high ankle sprain. He got out of the walking boot last week.
Clarence E. Hill Jr.