Latavius Murray to be part of committee in Week 14, says Tony Sparano

Latavius Murray has just 14 carries in his NFL career. The Oakland Raiders second-year running back has done quite a bit with those 14 carries, though, running for 166 yards – an average of 11.9 yards per carry – and two touchdowns.

The flashes he’s shown this year have NFL fans and fantasy football owners drooling over the possibilities. Week 12 was of particular note, as Murray carried the ball four times for 112 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs, including a 90-yard scamper. Murray wasn’t able to follow up that performance in Week 13, though, sidelined as he went through the NFL’s concussion protocol. (Murray suffered a concussion during that Week 12 win against the Chiefs.)

Murray will be back on the field this weekend against the San Francisco 49ers. The million-dollar question: Will he be the No. 1 option in the Raiders’ backfield, or will he be part of a timeshare with ineffective veterans Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew? Raiders head coach Tony Sparano called into SiriusXM NFL Radio this week to address the gameplan.

With all due respect, and there’s been some great carries there, he’s had eight carries (in his last two games), and it’s hard for me to sit here with a player that — I think the world of this kid and he’s getting better and better and better — but to think that guy is a workhorse, until I can hand him the ball 15, 18, 20 times, and see how he responds that way … Unfortunately, we didn’t have him last week, and that wouldn’t have been the kind of game last week where you were going to be able to do that in that football game, either. So we gotta get Latavius going that way before I can really thank that he can handle that many carries. … I think, for right now, Latavius is going to be a guy that you gotta continue to rotate him in.

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