After seeing the field for just 14 plays in Week 13, Eagles running back DeMarco Murray met with team owner Jeffrey Lurie to discuss his diminished role, according to ESPN's Ed Werder.
Murray, who signed a five-year deal with Philadelphia in the offseason after rushing for a league-high 1,845 yards last year in Dallas, was handed the ball just eight times in the Eagles' surprising 35-28 win over the Patriots in Foxboro. He amassed just 24 yards, bringing his season total up to a disappointing 569.
"He's obviously upset about what happened," a source close to Murray told Werder.
Although it's unclear who started the conversation, head coach Chip Kelly dismissed the idea that Murray had sought out Lurie to vent about his frustrations:
Coach Kelly: DeMarco Murray sat next to Mr. Lurie on the team flight home from New England. There was no arranged meeting.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) December 9, 2015
Murray has rushed for 100 yards just once this season and has only been given at least 20 carries in a game three times. He's averaging a career-low 3.5 yards per carry and has seemingly fallen behind Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner on Kelly's depth chart.
"You always want an opportunity to play and obviously run the ball, but we got the big victory so that's all that matters," Murray told reporters on Sunday. "Things we were doing were working so it went well for us."
When asked by reporters Monday about Murray's lack of snaps Kelly said that the decision to keep one of his prized offseason acquisition on the bench was matchup related.
"We had a game plan and there were things we were trying to do with their bigger linebackers and with Darren and Kenjon, but [Murray] fits in," Kelly said, via the Eagles' official website. "I think we only had 50-some snaps total. Hopefully we get back to where we normally are in the 70s and that let us expanded a little bit, especially in our run game."
Kelly added that the running back rotation will be determined on a week-to-week basis.
Murray is far from the first player to call out Kelly's handling of players and roles. LeSean McCoy, the running back Murray was brought in to replace, said in May that he believed many of Kelly's personnel decisions were racially motivated. And in late November an agent for an Eagles player told NJ Media that Kelly had "lost the team."
The Eagles, 5-7 and now in a three-way tie for first place in the NFC East, welcome McCoy and the Bills to Philadelphia this Sunday.
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