Against the Jets, the Eagles were without DeMarco Murray, who suffered a hamstring injury in practice earlier that week. While they got the rushing game going for the first time this season, Murray watched from the sideline in Eagles apparel.
Although not the position he wanted to be in, the running back quickly acknowledged that sitting out was the best decision for not only his health but also the team. On Sunday, he felt close to being ready but could tell his body was not yet completely healed.
Had Murray risked playing, he could have caused more harm than good. He didn't want to be "selfish and try to go out there" while not being the best version of himself, the best player he can be.
"Obviously whenever you miss a game, it kind of kills you a little bit inside," Murray said. "As a competitor, you want to be out there practicing and you want to be out there playing the game every chance you get an opportunity to go out there and compete. I'm definitely excited to get back out there if I can."
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Dealing with a hamstring injury can be a bit of a process, according to the running back. He will need to be smart and listen to his body in the coming days before determining whether or not he will take the field against Washington.
Nevertheless, when speaking with reporters immediately following Thursday's practice, Murray shared that he "felt better today than the last couple days." He's hopeful the positive progress will continue.
If Murray is unable to play in Week 4, he's confident in teammates Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles. The two put together a solid performance against New York.
"I thought they were able to get some creases going and I thought we blocked it very well. We had a good game plan and were able to run it under the center a little bit more," Murray said. "I thought that Ryan and Sproles did a good job just running through some traps and made some good reads."
On the other hand, if the running back does return this weekend, he will be looking to make a big improvement from his first two games as an Eagle. He is working to learn from the mistakes he made in Weeks 1 and 2, aiming to help his team grow and build off its first win of the season.
And, in addition to Washington, he and his teammates may be battling with the elements in this game. In fact, Murray is hoping even more to play because with bad weather comes more dependence on the run game.
"As a running back, you look forward to those games because you know you'll probably get a lot of carries," Murray said. "I'm sure we'll be able to weather the storm. I think we have a lot of mature guys who've played in different kinds of climates or used to. I'm sure in Philadelphia you've got to be used to playing in the snow and cold and whatever. I'm sure it'll be a good game."
Whether or not Murray is ready to play this weekend remains in the air, but the running back is doing everything in his power to heal his hamstring and return to the field.