Sunday, September 22, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Dallas Cowboys
By Todd Archer
ARLINGTON, Texas – Observed in the locker room after the Dallas Cowboys’ 31-7 win against the St. Louis Rams.
Murray's silence: DeMarco Murray chose not to address the media after the second-best rushing day of his career. Murray ran for 176 yards on 26 carries and had a touchdown in torching the Rams for the second time in two games against St. Louis; in 2011 against the Rams he ran for a franchise-record 253 yards. Murray entered this game with 111 yards on 32 carries in the first two games. “I thought the guys up front did a great job of opening and creating holes for DeMarco and he did a great job of seeing where it was and putting his foot in the ground and getting vertical,” quarterback Tony Romo said.
Ware’s record: DeMarcus Ware was already the Cowboys’ official sack leader, but he took over the unofficial record held by Harvey Martin with two sacks of Sam Bradford. Ware now has 115 for his career. “Just having the opportunity to be a part of something that’s great and being etched in stone with Harvey Martin, a great player, there’s no words to describe it,” said Ware, who has four sacks in the last two games. Ware also came up with his first tackles of the season.
Austin’s absence: Whenever Miles Austin and hamstring are put in the same sentence, alarms go off. Austin missed six games with a hamstring strain in 2011 and was bothered by them all of 2012. The wide receiver left Sunday's game in the third quarter because of a hamstring strain. Austin landed hard after running a go-route along the sideline and limped off the field. He was looked at by the medical staff and spent time riding the stationary bike but did not return. Coach Jason Garrett said the score of the game was part of the reason why Austin didn’t return. “The discussion we had was he was going to continue to stay warmed up and I said that’s a good thing and we’ll keep looking at the scoreboard and make sure we can handle the situation without him,” Garrett said.