Philadelphia Eagles Rumors: DeMarco Murray to Play Week 3, Darren Sproles, Zach Ertz Fantasy Starters for Sam Bradford as Nelson Agholor, Josh Huff Struggle

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Sep 25, 2015 10:13 AM EDT
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Philadelphia Eagles running back DeMarco Murray runs drills during team practice in 2015."

The Philadelphia Eagles made a big move to get DeMarco Murray in the offseason and so far it has yet to pay off for the team. The running back might have two touchdowns to his name, but his two yards of 13 attempts in Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys was a low for Murray. Now, the running back is dealing with a hamstring injury that could put his slow start to the season at a standstill entering Week 3.

According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, Murray tweaked his hamstring in Wednesday's practice. The severity of the injury is still being evaluated, but the running back is considered doubtful for Sunday's game against the New York Jets. There are mixed reports coming out about his status for the upcoming game. The Eagles are being cautious about the issue. Ashley Fox of ESPN is reporting that Murray is expected to play against the Jets as sources report he is fine and the MRI revealed no real issues.

Murray's fantasy outlook is falling by the second. After putting up 1,845 yards last season to lead the league, Murray has just 11 yards off 21 attempts and things do not appear to be improving behind the rebuild offensive line. Murray cannot find the holes needed and now he is preparing to face a tough defensive front in the New York Jets. Ryan Mathews might be the better option to start fantasy or even Darren Sproles as it is expected Murray will be limited in his time on the field. Sproles could be breakout star considering his ability to be active in the passing game and find open space on the field.

The Eagles need a win and the injury to Murray is not helping the team's outlook. Head coach Chip Kelly went on the defense about the team in place following the loss to the Cowboys and now quarterback Sam Bradford is expressing his confidence in the group.

"I'm very confident," Bradford said via Darryl Slater of "I've got no doubt in my mind. I think you look at some of the things that we did during training camp, some of the things that we did during preseason, what some of these guys have done here in the past, and we know that we're capable of it. I'm not sure if it was a matter of us pressing a little bit in the first two games, trying to make plays, and trying to do more than we needed to do."

Bradford needs someone to step up and help. Jordan Matthews is struggling with dropped passes. Nelson Agholor is getting lost on the field. Riley Cooper and Josh Huff have failed to stand out. If the Eagles lose in Week 3 to the Jets, alarms will go off.

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