Philadelphia Eagles running back DeMarco Murray plans to play against the New York Jets later today, but will be testing his hamstring during pregame to be sure.
The 27-year-old was the leading rusher in the NFL last season with an impressive 1,845 yards, but so far this year he has been held to just 11 yards from 21 attempts.
This is not how the Eagles expected the former Cowboys running back to perform when they acquired him during the offseason.
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Murray has been missing parts of practices all week because of his hamstring, and while his Head Coach Chip Kelly has said he will play, according to ESPN, reports from ESPN's own Adam Schefter say the two-time Pro Bowler will test it during pregame warmups to be sure.
He's the leading back in Philadelphia, but backup Ryan Mathews, who was also signed this past summer, has only seven less rushing yards than him from only four attempts and the same amount of rushing touchdowns.
Murray's spot isn't under threat, as Ian Rapoport reported the injury will cause no change to the rotation, but Mathews may get a chance to prove himself today if he can't play.
The reason why Murray hasn't been able to explode like he did last season might be because of the offensive line. The Eagles have rebuilt their front line this season, and the lack of chemistry has caused the two-time Pro Bowler to be hit consistently behind the line of scrimmage.
Even if Murray plays, the Eagles may find it tough to run the ball against the Jets, who currently have one of the best defenses in the league.