Sammy Morris is getting ready for whatever the Cowboys need from him Saturday against the Philadelphia Eagles, whether it’s “five carries or 20.”
The veteran back, signed last week by the Cowboys to back up Felix Jones after DeMarco Murray’s injury, now finds himself bumped up a spot. He’s the logical choice, coach Jason Garrett said, to be the lead runner for the Cowboys on Saturday now that Felix Jones has a hamstring injury.
“I’m just looking forward to doing my part to help the team win, to make a run at the playoffs,” Morris said. “It’s a crucial time of time of the year. We control our own destiny, and that’s pretty much what I’m looking forward to. I know that’s not interesting. But whether it’s five carries or 20 carries, that’s my approach: I’m helping the team win.”
If Jones can’t be ready to play, the Cowboys could turn to third-year running back Chauncey Washington, who the Cowboys signed to the practice squad on Nov. 30.
“I was in the same boat he was. I was sitting at home on the couch three weeks ago myself,” Washington said. “I didn’t even get a chance to finish training camp. At least he had a chance to finish training camp, and he went through preseason. I didn’t get an opportunity to do that.”
Washington was drafted in the seventh round by Jacksonville in 2008 out of USC.
-- Carlos Mendez