IRVING, Texas -- Cowboys starting running back DeMarco Murray is feeling good a day after his return from a six-game absence from a sprained foot, according to coach Jason Garrett.
Murray rushed for 83 yards on 23 carries and caught four passes for 19 yards in the Cowboys' 38-33 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night.
Murray's first carry was for 14 yards off the left side, sparked by a solid block by fullback Lawrence Vickers. His second carry went to the left side again, for 8 yards.
"Well, the first carry was a good carry," Garrett said Monday. "There’s no question about that. He came back with the second one and I think he made (eight) on the second one and got into a little bit of a rhythm there right from the start. That’s a good thing for your offense. It allows you offensive line to come off the ball a little bit and get into the defensive linemen. They are really good pass rushing fronts. We felt like we had to do that."
Murray could've finished with over 90 yards rushing, but the Cowboys tried to seal the game with him as the closer. Murray lost 11 yards on a third-and-9 from the 46, setting up a punt.
"It was great blocking by the offensive line," Murray said of his early carries. "They had a great day for us, protecting (Tony) Romo and opening up a lot of running lanes for us. We were able to get things going on the ground and that opened up some things in the passing game."