IRVING -- DeMarco Murray's voice mail was full. His calendar was full, too, with interview after interview Monday, including with ESPN and the NFL Network.
The Dallas Cowboys' rookie running back will receive accolades all week after rushing for a team-record 253 yards Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. NFC offensive player of the week should be his next honor.
"It's crazy," Murray said Monday. "It's like I said yesterday, I'm just blessed and fortunate and happy to be part of this great organization. All my teammates deserve all the credit."
The only thing Murray hasn't won yet is the full-time starting job.
"We haven't even had those discussions yet," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "But he's certainly earned the opportunity to get the ball a lot. There's no question about that."
Murray is expected to make his first career start Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Felix Jones, who started the first four games, will miss another week with a high ankle sprain. Jones still is wearing a protective boot, and team trainers expect the injury to take closer to four weeks to heal.
Tashard Choice, who started against the Rams, suffered a shoulder subluxation (partial dislocation) on his fumble in Sunday's game. He has lost fumbles in back-to-back games.
Choice is resigned to not starting.
"I can't control that," Choice said. "His blessing.... Everybody is going to perform; everybody has [his] own path."
Murray, the team's third-round draft choice, said he is good with whatever his role is.
"I really don't care," Murray said. "You are always looking to compete, 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."
Murray earned his spot in Cowboys history, passing Tony Dorsett and Emmitt Smith in the team's record book. Dorsett set the rookie team record of 206 yards in 1977. Smith held the Cowboys' single-game record of 237 set in 1993 against the Eagles.
Smith was among those to congratulate Murray, and Murray said he tentatively has plans to meet with Dorsett today.
The former Oklahoma standout is taking it all in stride.
"I'm going to continue to work hard," said Murray, who wasn't as sore as expected. "If I rush for 50 yards next week and we win, I'll be happy."
Murray, who had 24 carries for 71 yards in the first five games, now ranks 26th in the NFL with 324 yards on 49 carries. The Cowboys, who failed to rush for 100 yards as a team in three of the first five games, now rank 13th in rushing after gaining 294 yards on the ground against the league's worst run defense.
"It's just a sign of hopefully things to come," Garrett said. "That's not to suggest that he's going to have these kinds of days. But the first opportunity he got to get the ball like he got it in college, he took advantage of it. Now he's just got to keep taking the next step week to week."