DeMarco Murray has struggled to start the season for the Philadelphia Eagles and now the running back could be out for Week 3 after suffering a hamstring injury in practice.
Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com first reported the news and it came after Murray had to leave practice early with the hamstring issue. Murray is considered limited on the injury report and so far this season Murray has not been able to find any success as the Eagles have started 0-2. Murray led the league in rushing last season, but he has only put up 11 yards on 21 carries in the first two games. Murray had 1845 yards last season with the Cowboys.
According to Adam Caplan at ESPN, Murray will have an MRI on his hamstring and those tests will likely show the severity of the injury and whether he can go on Sunday. Murray has not played well to start the season and being out for a game would be a big hit for the Eagles, even with Murray struggling in the rushing game. The team has Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles on the roster and Mathews could start if Murray is out.
The Eagles brought in Murray after trading away LeSean McCoy and now Murray could be a question mark moving forward, as hamstrings can be tricky at time. McCoy dealt with a hamstring issue for the Bills and was able to play last week, but Murray has been struggling and now could be out for a little bit if the injury is severe. Murray signed a large contract and if he is out, Mathews and Sproles will get more work and Kenjon Barner also could get some carries.
Sam Bradford has struggled a bit and Chip Kelly was asked in his press conference on Wednesday about the starter and whether he has thought about starting Mark Sanchez. Kelly said he did not and that he is "confident" in Bradford moving forward. Kelly and the Eagles were rumored to be interested in trading up to get Marcus Mariota in the draft, but that did not come close to happening earlier in the offseason.
Some suggested back then that Mariota could be perfect for Kelly's offense, as Mariota was Kelly's former Oregon quarterback. Kelly was asked about that quite a bit earlier this year and he said that the team did not want to give up a ton of draft picks to make a move, although Kelly is known for making outside the box moves.
The team lost Jeremy Maclin in free agency and the team felt that Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor along with Riley Cooper and Josh Huff would be enough to make up for that. Matthews has been great to start the season and he will try and make up for Maclin, who had 85 catches for 1318 yards and 10 touchdowns last season and helped replace DeSean Jackson.