DeMarco Murray leads the league in rushing, 403 yards ahead of Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell. Only eight teams have as many yards as Murray’s 1,354.
The Dallas Cowboys running back, who never has played a full 16-game season, said Tuesday that he’s confident he can keep up the pace.
“I feel great,” Murray said. “As the year goes on, you feel better. I feel like I’ve gotten stronger throughout the year, so I have to continue to work hard during the week, and it’ll show up on Sundays.”
Or Thursday in this case. The Cowboys have a first-place showdown with the Eagles on Thanksgiving, and Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly knows stopping Murray will be Job 1.
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“I think he’s a tremendous running back,” Kelly said on a conference call with Cowboys media. “He runs with power; he’s got great vision and patience. He’s also got really good speed. I don’t think you can sleep on that. “
It didn’t take long for Bennie Logan’s comments to make their way to the Cowboys offensive linemen. On Monday, the Eagles defensive tackle questioned how “great” the Cowboys offensive line really is.
“I saw it on Twitter, of course,” Cowboys center Travis Frederick said. “It seems like everyone in Cowboys Nation has tweeted it to us as an offensive line to make sure that we heard about it.”
Logan, a second-year player, has 41 tackles this season.
He was asked about going against the Cowboys offensive line and said via CSNPhilly.com, “Yeah, they’re OK. I don’t really know what’s great about them. The running back’s having a good year running, but I don’t see anything spectacular about them. Same offensive line we faced last year, and they have one new guy. We faced them [before]. They’re OK linemen.”
Frederick said the Cowboys don’t need any bulletin-board material for the first-place showdown Thursday.
“I’m not really a big bulletin-board guy,” Frederick said. “For me, if you can’t get motivated to play a game, this is your job. This is what you do. This is what I love. I’m motivated to play every game. People say things. Sometimes the media … I don’t want to blame you guys, but sometimes they spin it a little bit. It is what it is. I’m not worried about it.”
Williams to play
Terrance Williams once played with a cast on his broken hand, so playing with a broken left index finger is nothing.
“I caught with it today,” said Williams, who was listed as limited in Tuesday’s practice.
Williams said the finger hurts — “it hurts bad” — but not enough to keep him out of the Thanksgiving Day game. He is wearing a splint on the tip and will cover it with a glove. He also expects to take a pain-killing injection.
Williams said he broke his hand as a junior at Baylor and played despite wearing a cast.
Defensive lineman Jack Crawford and safety Jeff Heath both underwent successful surgeries Tuesday to repair broken thumbs. Neither is expected to play Thursday.
Tony Romo went through the team’s walk-through-like practice Tuesday. He did the same Monday, though the Cowboys officially listed him as not participating.
“I think I’ve been practicing every Thursday so in some ways it will feel as though I’m getting ready for that practice,” Romo said. “At the same time, it’ll be a game. I’ll be fine. I’ll be good to go on Thursday. I think more than anything you always look at the two games back to back closely, and you’ve got to be able adjust after that, so we’ll deal with next week, next week.”
Josh Brent is remaining patient in his quest to get back on an NFL field for the first time since December 2012.
Brent is on the 53-man roster, but was inactive against the Giants.
“I have not received any indication from the coaches whether I will or will not be playing,” said Brent, who has had a long journey back since his drunk-driving wreck took the life of teammate Jerry Brown Jr.
“I’m just biding my time being the best teammate that I can be,” Brent said. “When they call, I’ll be ready.”
Brent said he’s getting “closer” to his ideal playing weight of 320 pounds and is more than ready to return.
Pitbull will be the featured halftime performer for Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day game between the Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles as part of the Red Kettle Christmas Campaign. The annual Red Kettle campaign has raised more than $1.75 billion, which has helped the Army to serve 30 million people each year nationwide.