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December 01, 2011

Cowboys have a touch number in mind for Murray, but it's flexible

Running backs coach Skip Peete said the Cowboys do have a number in mind for DeMarco Murray’s carries, but they don’t stick to it if it’s not necessary.

“The numbers get skewed sometimes,” he said. “You’ve got to go with whatever your hand is dealt at that time. If you say you want to target a certain number of carries for him, you try to keep it within that. But sometimes, it may be two or three or four carries over, or maybe even under.”

Murray has averaged 20.3 carries in the six games he has been the starter.

“I definitely feel I can handle it,” Murray said of the workload. “Been doing well with it. I think I’ve been doing well with the touches that they’ve given me. Picking up blitzes, catching some balls out of the backfield. Felix can do the same thing, so it just adds more depth to the running back.”

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he was glad to get Felix Jones some action on kickoff returns last week and is looking ahead to using him more. Jones did not have a carry last week.

Murray is eager to see Jones in the backfield, too.

“Felix is coming along. His ankle is doing well and he’s doing well on Sundays,” Murray said. “So hopefully we’ll get us both back there sometime together.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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