IRVING, Texas --DeMarco Murray is in the middle of a torrid stretch with Felix Jones out -- he has set franchise records for single-game rushing yards (253) and rushing yards in a three-game span (466) -- but he's not declaring himself the Cowboys' new starting running back.
"I don't know what the coaches are going to do, but from my understanding I think he's still the starter," Murray said Thursday. "He's a great running back, and he was doing a great job before he went down.
"I'm expecting him to come back in and do what he's been doing, which is great, but that doesn't mean I'm not going to continue to compete and try to help out as much as I can."
Who starts is basically irrelevant. Marion Barber was the primary back in 2007 even though Julius Jones started; Felix Jones was the go-to guy last season even though Barber started some games.
Head coach Jason Garrett says he'll make use of both players' talents, because Jones can be a dynamic player when healthy. At the very least, though, Murray has earned himself a much larger role.
And with Jones missing another practice Thursday with a high ankle sprain, it's looking more likely Murray will carry the load again Sunday.