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Eagles' DeMarco Murray won't get a lot of carries in Bills game, per report

It seems like the Eagles are benching DeMarco Murray yet again.

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After only playing 14 snaps against the New England Patriots in Week 13, Eagles running back DeMarco Murray is not expected to return to a featured role any time soon. Check out some of these reports floating around on Sunday morning prior to Philadelphia's game against the Buffalo Bills:

Chip Kelly insisted Murray's lack of playing time against the Patriots had to do with the fact that the Eagles wanted to get their smaller running backs matched up against New England's bigger linebackers. But if Murray is expected to have a limited role moving forward, it's clear his demotion isn't due to matchups. Rather, it's due to the fact Murray has been very ineffective for the Eagles. Murray is averaging a mere 3.6 yards per carry. Meanwhile, Ryan Mathews (5.8), Darren Sproles (3.8), and Kenjon Barner (4.6) all rank above him.

The Eagles gave Sproles a lot of touches last week and it seems like that could be the plan once again against the Bills. Mathews is expected to play in his first game back from injury this week but Kelly noted his snaps will be monitored. It sounds like Mathews has a chance to take over in a bigger role moving forward if he can get healthy.

It'll be interesting to see how Murray handles a potential demotion. The seemingly disgruntled running back reportedly expressed frustrations with his role to Eagles' CEO and Chairman Jeffrey Lurie last week. One can imagine Murray won't be happy, but it's impossible to blame the Eagles for trying to do what's best to help the team win. And for now, that means less Murray and more of the team's other rushers.

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