Backup running backs Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar don’t know if their roles will increase with starter DeMarco Murray recovering surgery to repair a fractured finger his left hand.
Randle and Dunbar have combined for 60 carries for 328 yards. Both said they are ready to go if called upon for heavier loads.
“We’re approaching it the same way,” Dunbar said. “We haven’t gotten into all that yet. Tomorrow is the first day we get to practice and stuff. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be the same way. You always have to be ready just in case your number is called. If my number is called, I’ll be ready if he’s not able to go.”
Randle, who has 34 carries for 237 yards and two touchdowns this season, highlighted by an eye-catching 7.0 yards per carry, will likely get the start if Murray can’t go.
He said he’s been ready for an opportunity carry a full load.
“We don’t know what the opportunity is yet because he hasn’t been ruled out but I’m ready for whatever,” Randle said. “I’m itching big time. I feel like I can get job done definitely if they ask me to do that. I don’t want to let the team down. This is a huge game for our season. I’m going to be fully ready to go.”