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Monday, November 28, 2011
Are Cowboys riding DeMarco Murray too much?

By Tim MacMahon

IRVING, Texas – When it comes to DeMarco Murray's workload, can there be too much of a good thing?

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Here is Murray’s touch total since becoming the lead horse in the Cowboys’ backfield: 25, 9, 26, 26, 31, 26. That’s a ton of touches for a back who dropped to the third round of the draft in part because of concerns about his durability.

Murray keeps saying his body feels good, even after 47 carries and 10 receptions during hard-fought wins over the Redskins and Dolphins in a five-day span. There certainly isn’t any evidence that the heavy workload is wearing him down, considering that he had five consecutive carries for 28 critical yards during the Cowboys’ game-winning drive on Thanksgiving, when Felix Jones didn't have any carries.

Are the Cowboys concerned about a cumulative effect that could prevent Murray from being fresh for the games that matter the most?

“We really don’t look at it that way,” coach Jason Garrett said. “We want to make sure that we use him in what we feel is the appropriate manner each week. … Certainly, we don’t want to overuse him, particularly because of the other backs that we have. So, we’ll monitor that game by game and hopefully everybody will be fresh and ready to go down the stretch here.”