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DeMarco Murray is willing to share the load

DeMarco Murray, Whitney Mercilus

Dallas Cowboys’ DeMarco Murray (29) attempts to escape a tackle attempt by Houston Texans outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus (59) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)


DeMarco Murray is leading the league in rushing by a pile, but the Cowboys want to be smart with his workload.

But Murray said Friday he’s fine with that, and will happily accept whatever role the team wants him to play, even if that means Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar carrying the ball more often.

I think they know what’s best for the team,” Murray said, via Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “It’s hard during a game to come out, but those are two good guys that we trust, and we know what they can do. Whatever they feel is necessary to help us win.”

Murray’s playing so well, it’s easy to be tempted to leave him out there. He already has 130 carries, on pace to tie the league’s all-time record of 416 set by Larry Johnson. But he’s also doing other things, as he’s played 280 of the Cowboys’ 348 offensive snaps (80.5 percent).

“Whatever they ask me to do -- running catching, blocking -- I look forward to it,” Murray said.

If the Cowboys want to beat the Seahawks this week, they’d be wise to lean on him. But if they are to cling to their current form over the course of the season, they might be better served to find him a break occasionally.