The Cowboys took it easy with DeMarco Murray in practice last week, but it was not hard for his teammates to get encouraged by what they saw.
“They did some precautionary stuff as far as his practice reps, but during the reps that he was in there, we thought he looked pretty good running the ball, just from watching the practice reps,” center Ryan Cook said Monday in a conference call with reporters. “He was a limited kind of participant a little bit for some of the days, but it was an encouraging sign seeing him out there run the ball in the game the way he did on his 23 carries.”
Murray missed six games because of his sprained foot, and he said he still wasn’t 100 percent in Sunday night’s win against the Philadelphia Eagles.
But he carried a season-high 23 times and caught four passes, setting another season high for touches.
Cook said the tape confirmed Murray looked as good as he did in the first part of the year.
“It seemed like it to me,” Cook said. “Just after watching the tape today and seeing how he is hitting the holes and moving down. We look for him to continue to improve, and we’ll look for ways on the offensive line to continue to open up holes for him and allow him to scamper down the field.”
Cook said as a whole, the running game made a good accounting of itself, despite a low yards-per-carry average. The Cowboys averaged 3.7 yards, the Eagles averaged 7.0.
“We had a couple negative plays,” Cook said. “I think we had a fumble on an around play and the one at the end of the game where we kind of lost about 10 yards rushing on that play. Philadelphia definitely contributed to that a little bit. But we look forward to encouraging success as far as getting that average up.”
-- Carlos Mendez