DeMarco Murray to start vs. Eagles?

Updated: October 25, 2011, 11:49 AM ET
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

Coming off a franchise-record 253 rushing yards against St. Louis, the Cowboys are not ready to declare DeMarco Murray a starter for Sunday's game at Philadelphia.

"We haven't even had those discussions yet," coach Jason Garrett said, "but he's certainly earned the opportunity to get the ball a lot. There's no question about that."

While the coaching staff has not talked about it yet, there certainly are factors that favor Murray's placement in the starting lineup against the Eagles. Felix Jones will miss his second straight game with a high left ankle sprain, according to a source, and Tashard Choice has a shoulder injury.

Jones suffered the injury on Oct. 16 at New England and remains in a protective boot. Cornerback Orlando Scandrick had the same injury and missed three games.

A week after setting the franchise's single-game receiving record with 250 yards on Oct. 11, 2009 at Kansas City, Miles Austin was immediately placed in the starting lineup and finished the year with 81 catches for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns to earn a Pro Bowl berth.

Murray, who said he was feeling good the day after setting the record on 25 carries, including one for a 91-yard touchdown, said he does not care if he starts.

"You are always looking to compete," Murray said, "but at the same time, it's easy to compete when you are winning and have good guys on the team and wish you well and help you as much as Felix and Tashard help me."

Todd Archer covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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