Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 11/18/11
IRVING -- Following Thursday's practice, Tony Romo talked about how the players in the Cowboys locker room are committed to each other and excited when a teammate does well. The day before that, Barry Church said the thing that surprised him most about becoming a Cowboy last season was that, despite being a rookie, everyone talked to him and provided a family atmosphere. Some teams have players that simply say the words but the Cowboys appear to be actually demonstrating a true respect for each other. "It's one of those teams that through good or bad times continues to stay together," Romo said. "It's very easy in the National Football League when something bad happens or there's adverse situations to get in little circles and talk, and this team doesn't do that." A good example of that is showing itself at the lead running back position. DeMarco Murray has been asked several times over the last few days about how things will be when Felix Jones returns this Sunday. And Murray hasn't wavered in his response. Despite the rookie rushing for at least 135 yards in three of the four games as the starter, Murray genuinely sounds like he won't be upset if Jones regains the starting role on Sunday. "I'm prepared to play as much as they want me or as little as they want me," Murray said Thursday. "I don't know what's going to happen but I'll definitely be ready." With Jones no longer hampered by a high ankle sprain, it's very likely that Murray's carries will be lessened. But it also presents a situation where the two could excel playing together, Murray as the dominant rusher and Jones as the change-of-pace, home run threat. "I'm very excited," Murray said of sharing carries with Jones. "I have always had to share. It's not new to me. Last year was my only year at Oklahoma where I was the full time guy. So I'm very excited to get Felix back and very happy he is back." How have the conversations been between the two backs this week? "We haven't had any conversations," Murray said. "Just the same thing we've been having since I've been here. We'll crack a few jokes in the meeting room, but nothing in particular." During a charity event on Tuesday, while answering questions about his ankle, Jones spoke highly of what Murray's done as the starting back. "What he has done is very good and I just have to make sure I am healthy when I get out there," Jones said. "He's doing a great job. He's handling the position very well and I just want to be out there and performing at the level where I know I can do good and not worry about ankles and how it feels." Follow Jon Machota on Twitter: @jonmachota
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