The Dallas Cowboys on Saturday waived/injured running back Tashard Choice to make room on the roster for rookie linebacker Bruce Carter, who is scheduled to come off the PUP list and make his NFL debut Sunday night against the Eagles in Philadelphia.
That's a pretty rapid fall, considering that Choice was technically the Cowboys' starting running back last week against the Rams in place of the injured Felix Jones. But rookie DeMarco Murray ran 91 yards for a touchdown on the team's fifth play from scrimmage and finished the game with a team-record 253 rushing yards. Choice also injured his shoulder in the third quarter of that game and his hamstring in practice this week.
The Cowboys drafted Carter in the second round this year and plan to use him on special teams Sunday while they work him into the mix at inside linebacker. He had to begin the season on the PUP list because he was still recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL.
Choice was the team's fourth-round draft pick in 2008 and rushed for 1,139 yards on 250 carries in his Cowboys career. While Jones continues to recover from his ankle injury, it appears Murray will handle the workload as the team's No. 1 running back with Phillip Tanner backing him up.