Prior to the first Philadelphia Eagles training camp practice on Sunday, head coach Chip Kelly said that all 89 players were scheduled to be full participants in practice. That didn't seem to be the case, however, when free agent signing DeMarco Murray didn't take part in team drills.
After practice, Murray left the field without talking to reports, save for a one-on-one exclusive with a national outlet. This led to speculation about Murray's status, especially due to his injury history.
Murray spoke with the media after practice on Monday. The former Cowboys running back was asked about why he didn't practice. His response was a little strange. Murray said he wasn't injured (he actually said he's in the "best shape of his life!") and that it was just a coaching decision.
"That's how it goes some days," Murray said. "I think some guys get more reps one day, then get less reps. I guess it's part of the deal."
With Murray out, veteran rusher Darren Sproles took first team reps while Ryan Mathews was the second running back up.
It's not like this is a huge deal or anything, but it does seem a little weird. Murray was clearly brought in to be the starter. If he was fully healthy, why wasn't he missing team drills? Murray made it clear it wasn't his decision to not participate. But he wasn't sure if the call was made by Kelly or running back coach Duce Staley.
"You're always upset when you don't get the chance to go out there and compete and really take a little pressure off of the other guys. Obviously as a competitor I wanted to be out there. But it just didn't happen."
Chip Kelly will likely be asked about the decision before practice on Tuesday.