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DeMarco Murray trucks Damion Square with headbutt (Video)

DeMarco Murray headbuttDeMarco Murray showed he has an Earl Campbell side when he absolutely trucked Damion Square with a headbutt that sent the Philadelphia Eagles defender flying during the first quarter on Sunday night.

Murray is listed at 6 feet and 219 pounds. Square goes 6’2″ and 293. Yet Murray just destroyed him on that headbutt. He looked like the viking character from Golden Axe with that move.

Murray gained 10 yards on the reception. He probably should have received a bonus for the sick headbutt.

Videos via Joey Pennisi, @ShaneNFL; GIF via @CorkGaines

Growing rift between Tony Romo and DeMarco Murray?

Tony Romo DeMarco Murray The relationship between Tony Romo and DeMarco Murray isn’t great because of differences over playcalling, according to a report.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Sunday that the relationship between the two Dallas Cowboys offensive playmakers is “frosty.” He said there is a growing rift between them, all because Murray feels like he’s not getting the ball enough and wondering why Romo tends to audible into passes instead of runs.

“DeMarco Murray, their star running back, grumbled to teammates about not getting the ball enough,” Rapoport said of “NFL GameDay Morning.” “He doesn’t understand why Romo always seems to choose pass instead of run. … The relationship between Romo and Murray is frosty, a little bit of a growing rift there. It’s surprising that some pettiness should creep in at a crucial point of the season, but that’s what’s happening.”

It’s an absolutely legitimate concern that has been shared by many people.

Murray was probably the most effective offensive weapon the Cowboys had in consecutive losses. He went for 146 yards on 18 carries in a Monday night loss to the Chicago Bears, and he posted 134 yards on 18 carries in a game the Cowboys blew against the Packers last week.

Romo notably checked out of a running play and into a passing play late in the game and was intercepted. The interception led to the Packers winning the game.

The cries about the Cowboys’ playcalling have been loud. Troy Aikman was critical of it both on the FOX telecast and during the week afterwards. During Sunday’s Cowboys-Redskins game, even LeBron James was complaining that Murray wasn’t getting the ball enough.

If you were running the ball as well as Murray has the last few games only to see Romo blow it, you’d probably be pretty upset, too. I wouldn’t put too much into this — all offensive players want to get the ball more because they feel like they can help their team win. Not getting the ball enough really just becomes a problem when your team is losing like the Cowboys have been.

DeMarco Murray frustrated with Cowboys for fumble benching

DeMarco MurrayDeMarco Murray will be one of the more interesting players to watch this season, for fantasy and real football.

An unheralded third-round pick by the Dallas Cowboys in 2011, Murray burst onto the scene with a 253-yard game against the St. Louis Rams in his rookie season. He put together a string of four straight 100+ total yard games in November, and it was no surprise to see Dallas go 4-0 in that span. But Murray was bothered by a foot injury all last season and enters this season coming off a hamstring problem.

Murray saw his most preseason action last weekend when he carried the ball 12 times for 51 yards and caught two passes for 14 yards and a touchdown. But he was benched after fumbling on his second possession and didn’t return until the second half.

He told reporters on Monday what he thought about while being benched.

“Let it marinate a little bit,” he said, via ESPN Dallas. “It was a little frustrating, I got to be honest. But I’m just trying to make plays. I’m a competitor.

“I wasn’t mad at anyone, I wasn’t pouting on the sidelines, I wasn’t anything. I was waiting for my opportunity to get back in the game. Once my number was called, I was ready to play.”

Murray also said he respected the coaches’ decision to bench him after the fumble. Head coach Jason Garrett’s message was simple — they can’t have that on the team.

Murray’s fumbling issues go back to last season. The Cowboys back lost fumbles in Weeks 15 and 16 last season, including one inside his 10 that resulted in a touchdown, and another inside the red zone. Prior to those fumbles, he hadn’t lost one in his NFL career. Murray said at the time that he wasn’t bothered by the fumbles. If you combine those two fumbles with the preseason fumble, you could be looking at the possible beginnings of a problem. The Cowboys better hope that’s not the case.

Murray said this offseason that he will play all 16 games this season, which is always much easier said than done. He’s a good player and I’m expecting a solid season from him.

DeMarco Murray: ‘I’m going to play in all 16 games this year’

demarco-murrayOver the past two seasons, Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray has shown that he can be one of the most explosive running backs in the NFL. The problem is his durability.

Last season, Murray was one of the top backs taken in fantasy football drafts. Most owners knew he was an injury risk but took a chance because of his upside, and Murray ended up playing only 10 games. At the moment, he is sidelined with a hamstring injury and has not been practicing with the Cowboys. However, the 25-year-old is not concerned about his health heading into 2013.

“I can’t control if anything happens,” Murray told the Star-Telegram on Tuesday. “All I can do is go out there, play hard, play fast, play physical. Once I’m out there, I don’t think there’s any question about anything.

“…I am going to play all 16 (games) this year, and I’m excited. It’s going to be a great year for us.”

I wouldn’t be so sure about that, and I’m sure Murray’s average draft position this summer will reflect that very few people are confident in his ability to stay on the field. Having said that, concerns about Murray’s health could make him a steal for fantasy teams in 2013. The potential is obviously there — as evidenced by his 4.1 yards per carry in 2012 and 5.5 in 2011 — but Murray’s confidence will likely do little to help him shed the fragile tag.

Helmet smack to Pro Football Talk

There was a full moon in Dallas thanks to DeMarco Murray (Picture)

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DeMarco Murray had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction during Sunday’s Cowboys-Steelers game. The Dallas running back was tackled by Troy Polamalu, who brought down Murray and his pants on the play. The result was a full moon.

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DeMarco Murray, Maurice Morris Are Fantasy Week 7′s Hot Pickups

With injuries piling up in the NFL, there are several hot fantasy pickups for week 7 of the NFL season. We’ll highlight a few recommendations.

DeMarco Murray is one of the top pickups because of Felix Jones’ sprained ankle. Murray is a rookie running back out of Oklahoma who has seen action throughout the entire season. He carried the ball a season-high 10 times against the Patriots and ran for 32 yards. The length of Jones’ injury (2-4 weeks) gives Murray some appeal, especially considering that several teams will have byes the next few weeks.

Keep in mind about 75% of the Cowboys’ yards are passing, and nine of their 10 offensive touchdowns have been through the air. They’re not a running team, so you shouldn’t expect much out of this position. Additionally, Tashard Choice will split time with Murray, making this an even less desirable spot. Still, with players being out because of byes, Murray will be a nice plug-in at the flex. He should get at least six points each of the next two weeks.

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