Murray Talks Cowboys Week: ‘I’m Emotionless’
His nose did not grow nor did lighting strike as DeMarco Murray told reporters that Sunday was just another game for him, but the backdrop carrying the Eagles logo inside the media tent did nearly take him out.
Prior to that ‘Not Top 10’ moment as he called it, the back was asked if there was any leftover emotion from his time with the Cowboys and eventual split with the franchise.
“Not at all, not from my end at least,” said Murray. “This is a true business, and I’m very so-to-speak emotionless when it comes to a lot of things, especially the business side. I understand the business aspect in the NFL and it’s all about finding guys that are right for your system and I feel like I’m here, this is the best place for me, this is where I want to be and this is the team that wanted me. I’m not worried about those guys. Great group of guys, great organization, a lot of respect for them but I’ve moved on a long time ago and I’m happy to be here.”
Some of his teammates, though, suggested that there may be a little more going on underneath the surface than he’s letting on.
“He’s got some emotions that he may not show you guys,” said Jason Kelce, “but I’m sure he’s going to be pretty fired up to play this game.”
Murray was drafted in the third round by Dallas back in 2011 and played four seasons for the Cowboys before signing a five-year, $40 million ($21 million guaranteed) with the Eagles in free agency.
“We were disappointed,” said Dallas head coach Jason Garrett on a conference call with the Philly media Wednesday. “We wanted DeMarco Murray to be a Cowboy. I think everyone in our organization from top to bottom wanted that to happen. But it’s not the first time a player has left our organization for a better financial opportunity, a better playing opportunity somewhere else. That’s just the nature of our business.”
Garrett apparently has a mannequin in pads and uniform outside the Cowboys locker room, “reinforcing his idea to the team to treat every opponent as being nameless and faceless.” That will be extra tough this week, though, both for the running back and the organization that lost him.
On Bradford, injuries
Sam Bradford played his first regular-season game since October, 2013 on Monday night and joked that the postgame soreness that followed “is about as enjoyable as I remember it being.”
“I think you have to be a little more aware of [the recovery process after a long layoff],” said Bradford, “probably spend some extra time in the tub, getting treatment and just making sure that you get your body back to where it needs to be for Sunday.”
Bradford practiced in full Wednesday and seemed to be moving around well. Though he had an x-ray taken on his ankle following the Falcons game, he did not have either foot wrapped and was showing no obvious ill-effects.
“Oh, I knew everything was fine. I think they just wanted to check it out. It didn’t hurt, wasn’t sore, I think it was just Doc taking a precaution,” he said.
Seyi Ajirotutu did not practice as he continues with the concussion protocol. Marcus Smith (hamstring) was the only other player on the injury report. He was listed as a full participant.