He’s not hurt. He’s not struggling with the playbook. He’s not dogging it.
Eagles RB DeMarco Murray will be ready on opening day, and that’s really all Duce Staley cares about.
"He will respond,” Staley said. “He will come back out here and he will be DeMarco Murray. …
“What you have to understand about DeMarco is that he's a true professional. He brings that professionalism to the game. He works hard. There's no doubt in that. We knew that before we signed him We did our due diligence as far as doing research on him. So we know what type of player we have.”
Murray has watched more practices than he’s participated in through the first two weeks of Eagles training camp, and at least judging from Saturday’s walk-through — which he didn’t participate in — it looks like he won’t play Sunday in the preseason opener against the Colts at the Linc.
The Eagles have explained some of Murray’s absences or limited participation by saying he was sick or dehydrated. Others have gone unexplained.
Head coach Chip Kelly has been vague about Murray, leading to a lot of speculation. Kelly did say Murray’s light preseason workload has something to do with his 497 touches last year, sixth-most in NFL history . Then again, Staley said Saturday that has nothing to do with the way the Eagles have brought Murray along slowly. While it still remains a bit of a mystery, the team is at least publicly ruling out injury.