Eagles RB DeMarco Murray slips out of spotlight after win

PHILADELPHIA -- DeMarco Murray spent the past week as the center of attention. On Sunday, with the Philadelphia Eagles defeating the Buffalo Bills, 23-20, Murray slipped back into the shadows.

Last Sunday, Murray met with Eagles owner Jeff Lurie on the team flight home from New England. Murray said he was happy with the win, but concerned about his diminished workload. He met with head coach Chip Kelly about his role on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan.

On Sunday, Murray was on the sideline, tossing a football to a ball boy, when the Eagles’ starting offense took the field. Ryan Mathews, who missed the previous three games with a concussion, started at running back for the Eagles.

The plan, Kelly said, was to use Murray, Mathews and Darren Sproles in a rotation. That’s exactly what happened.

“We just knew we had four healthy backs and we were going to try to use them,” Kelly said, adding Kenjon Barner to the mix. “We knew we didn’t have to run anybody into the ground today because we have depth at that position.”

Murray came into the game on the Eagles’ seventh offensive play. He carried the ball around left end for three yards and an Eagles first down. Later on the drive, Sproles carried the ball twice for 16 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown run.

Murray got another series in the first half. He caught a pass from Sam Bradford that lost a yard, then ran once for seven yards. Murray finished the half with 13 yards on three carries and two receptions for three yards.

For the game, Murray carried the ball 11 times for 34 yards and caught two passes for three yards. Mathews had 38 yards on 13 carries. He caught two passes for four yards. Sproles ran the ball seven times for 41 yards and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for four yards.

As a group, the Eagles’ three backs had 31 carries for 113 yards. They caught six passes for 11 yards.

Murray did not talk to reporters after the game.

Last week at New England, Mathews was inactive as he recovered from a concussion. Sproles started. Murray played on only 14 of the Eagles’ 61 offensive plays. He carried eight times for 24 yards.

After the Eagles’ 35-28 loss, Murray sat next to Lurie on the plane ride home. ESPN’s Ed Werder reported that Murray was frustrated by his lack of work.