OTAs have been, for a lack of better terms, surprising thus far for the Dallas Cowboys.
It’s not really the players on the field, but rather the ones that aren’t on the field that are generating all the buzz. First, it was quarterback Tony Romo, who has been sidelined after having a cyst removed from his back and more recently starting running back DeMarco Murray, who missed the first week of OTAs with a “minor hamstring tweak.”
Minor injuries don’t typically deserve this type of attention, especially not this early in the year, but when your starting running back is having leg problems already; it raises a red flag. This tells me that Murray, for as great of an athlete as he is, isn’t taking care of himself during the offseason. Hamstring pulls and tweaks happen, there’s no doubt about that, but they rarely happen to athletes who keep themselves in football shape year round.
We’ve seen it more than a few times during games where Murray just runs out of gas. The most obvious, at least to me, was the opening game against the New York Giants in 2012, when after taking a handoff from Romo, breaking some arm tackles and delivering a shot to Matthias Kiwanuka that put him on his rear end, Murray ran down the sideline, behind a blocking Dez Bryant, until all of a sudden he inexplicably runs back toward the inside of the field and into the defenders; completely winded. I questioned how well he prepares then, and I continue to question it now.
Murray said he hopes to change the perception that he is fragile and vows to play the entire regular season in 2013, but given his injury plagued past; I’ll believe it when I see it.