<
>

Eagles RB DeMarco Murray tries not to worry about reduced role

play
Murray 'can't worry' about reduced role (2:21)

ESPN NFL analyst Antonio Pierce discusses DeMarco Murray's role in the Eagles' offense and whether he has a future with the organization. (2:21)

PHILADELPHIA -- After just two carries Sunday night, Eagles running back DeMarco Murray is instead focused on counting his blessings away from the football field.

"I can't worry about it," Murray said Tuesday. "I'm blessed. I have an opportunity to play in the NFL and be healthy. I have a beautiful wife and a beautiful little girl and a boy on the way. I can't complain. I just have to continue to grind and fight and see what happens."

Murray, who averaged just more than 24 carries per game last season with the Dallas Cowboys, had just 21 combined rushing attempts for 61 yards over the past three games. He gained only 3 yards in the Eagles' 40-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

"I've never dealt with anything like this in my life," Murray said. "That's frustrating more than anything. I guess this is how it is. I don't know."

On Monday, Murray had a conversation with offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.

"We talk," Murray said. "He's a great guy. He's been around the league a long time. It was a conversation between him and I. We've always had conversations."

Shurmur hinted that Murray may be experiencing the aftereffects of his heavy workload in 2014. Running backs who log more than 370 carries in a season have a history of taking a year or two to recover. Including playoffs, Murray carried the ball 436 times last season.

"When you look around the league, backs get banged up," Shurmur said. "Teams that have one, and they use him a lot, they tend to get hurt. We're fortunate, this time of year, we've got our full stable of guys ready to go."

For his part, Murray said, "I feel great. I feel physically great. I'm not hurt. I'm not sore. I feel good."

Murray talked with Eagles owner Jeff Lurie after being used minimally in the victory over New England. Three weeks later, with his role diminished even more, Murray sounds as though he has come to terms with the situation.

"I'm just out here, coming to work every day, trying to be a professional," Murray said. "We're in a position to make the playoffs. We've got a huge game this week. That's where my mind is. I'm not worried about the carries or things of that nature right now. All those things will take care of themselves in due time. We'll go from there.

"You've got a lot of pride in yourself, a lot of confidence in yourself. I've got a lot of confidence in the other guys, as well. I'm just happy to be here."

Murray, who signed a five-year contract in March, said he had no plans to talk with coach Chip Kelly about his role after the season.

"I'm not a big talker," Murray said. "I don't say much. I do my role and go from there. I've never mentioned to anyone about the carries and things of that nature."