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December 03, 2012

DeMarco Murray "handled the rigors" of Sunday's game well

The Cowboys, who are averaging 23.1 carries per game for 82.4 yards per game, no longer are worst rushing team in the league. They ran by Arizona and Jacksonville on Sunday by rushing for 83 yards on 23 carries.

DeMarco Murray was the difference-maker, returning after six weeks off to heal a sprained left foot.

“It was good to have DeMarco back,” center Ryan Cook said Monday. “I think he made a positive influence on us.”

Murray ended up with 25 total touches against the Eagles, and Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the running back came out of the game without a setback.

“I really thought he handled the rigors of that game well,” Garrett said. “He… didn’t seem to have any problems either with the injuries or with the conditioning. We wanted to make sure we had eyes on him.”

Murray, who has regained the team rushing lead with 413 yards, won’t get his first 1,000-yard season. He just hopes to get to 100 percent before the end of the season.

-- Charean Williams

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