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DeMarco Murray not Dallas Cowboys' franchise back

DeMarco Murray is expected to miss some time with an MCL injury, but the Dallas Cowboys might be looking to permanently replace the running back.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning" that the Cowboys no longer are sold on Murray as a franchise running back. The Cowboys have had internal discussions about upgrading the position, "possibly in a big way" as we gear up for the trade deadline, Rapoport reported.

Murray has been the Cowboys' best running back since being selected in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft, and it really hasn't been close.

Murray has earned 84 percent of the Cowboys' rushing yards and 75 percent of the carries through six weeks this season. The Cowboys don't have another healthy runner who can create creases and churn out yards.

The problem has been Murray's inability to stay healthy. He missed nine games in his first two seasons, and he might be out two to four weeks with his most recent knee injury, Rapoport reported.

It's a slight surprise to hear that the Cowboys would like to move on from Murray, but his injuries have undercut his productivity. Getting a running back who can stay healthy, carry the load and take some of the pressure off Tony Romo appears to be what Jerry Jones now is chasing.

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