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Dallas Cowboys considering starting Christine Michael ahead of Joseph Randle

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A bye week in the NFL affords teams the opportunity to rest weary bodies and take stock of their current situation.

And it looks like the Dallas Cowboys have wasted little time getting to work on what needs to change when they return to the gridiron in week seven.

More changes

Hot on the heels of news that Brandon Weeden is to be replaced by Matt Cassel at quarterback, new reports today suggest the Cowboys are preparing to make another significant offensive decision.

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According to ESPN Dallas' Ed Werner, the Cowboys hierarchy is considering handing the starting running back job to Christine Michael.

Michael has seen very little action for Dallas since arriving in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks earlier this season, but it now appears Randle's grip on the lead back role in the Cowboys committee is loosening.

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NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, whilst holding back from saying Michael would get the start when the Cowboys return to action against the Giants in week seven, added weight to the theory that the former Seahawk is set for a much-increased workload.

The right fit

Randle has struggled for consistency so far in 2015 behind what is supposed to be one of the NFL's best offensive lines.

Aside from his 87-yard, three touchdown outing against the Atlanta Falcons in week three, he hasn't managed to run for more than 65 yards in a game this season.

Moreover, he drew the wrath of the coaching staff with his decision to leap for the goal-line against the Saints, despite having specifically been told not to.

It remains to be seen whether the Cowboys do make this switch during the bye week, but the mere fact it is under consideration suggests that the fourth-year RB is trending the wrong direction.

Should Michael be promoted ahead of Randle, there will still likely be a role for Darren McFadden as Dallas' power back option.

Cowboys fans: Who do you want to see starting at running back vs the Giants, Randle or Michael? Have your say in the comments below...

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