Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray went down with a knee injury in Sunday’s win over the Washington Redskins. Lance Dunbar who is considered the No. 2 running back on the roster when healthy, is also injured.
That is forcing rookie running back Joseph Randle into the starting line up against the Philadelphia Eagles. Though Murray is saying he is preparing as if he is starting, his injury history has people thinking otherwise.
Randle is ready for the challenge.
“This is my chance to earn my check,” Randle said, via ESPN Dallas.
Randle admits he was frustrated before with the lack of playing time.
“I was at the point where I was feeling like, ‘Man, I just want to do anything I can to help the team whether it’s practicing as hard as I can on the scout team to give the defense a look,’ or what,” Randle said. “I was trying to find my role on the team.”
When Randle came into the starting line up on Sunday, he carried the ball 11 times for just 17 yards. The practice time with the first week offense this week could benefit him this weekend and he could play considerably better. In the preseason, Randle carried the ball 55 times for 215 yards and a 3.9 yard average.