Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray: 'I'm going to play all 16'

By John Breech |

DeMarco Murray promises to stay healthy in 2013. At least healthy enough to play in all 16 Cowboys games. (USATSI)
DeMarco Murray is promising to stay healthy in 2013. (USATSI)

Dallas running back DeMarco Murray -- who's missed nine games in two seasons with the Cowboys due to injury -- has a bold prediction for 2013: he's not going to miss any games.

"I am going to play all 16 [games] this year and I'm excited," Murray said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "It's going to be a great year for us."

Of course, it should probably be pointed out that the injury-riddled Murray said this while nursing an injury. Murray sat out the Cowboys OTA session on Tuesday with a tweaked hamstring.

"That's something I can't control. I can't control if anything happens," Murray said. "All I can do is go out there, play hard, play fast, play physical. Once I'm out there, I don't think there's any question about anything."

Murray produces when he's on the field, the problem for Dallas is that he's not on the field that often. The third-year back ran for 663 yards in 10 games last season, a number that projects out to 1,061 yards over a 16-game season.

Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant has no problem with Murray sitting out an OTA or two, "The thing about it is, we're in OTA's and we don't want to get him out there when he's not ready and something come's up," Bryant said. "We need him throughout the whole year."

Tight end Jason Witten seems to feel the same way, "I think it'll be huge for us," Witten said about having Murray available. "He's a guy that plays hard and runs hard. He's a dynamic back who can create a lot of things for you. He's got to be healthy and out there."

If Murray is going to make it through an entire regular season unscathed, 2013 seems like a good year to do it. The Cowboys only play three teams that had top-10 defenses last season and two of those games (at Chargers, vs. Broncos) will be out of the way by Week 6.

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