- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 14, 2016

ASHBURN | When the Washington Redskins take on the Dallas Cowboys, a familiar face will line up on the opposite sideline.

Running back Alfred Morris will make his first return to FedExField since signing with Dallas in the offseason. And while he joined his former team’s rival, it wasn’t to take a jab. Strictly a business decision, the former Reskin said.

“By the end of the year, I figured my time (in Washington) was gone,” Morris said. “My plan was to stick with the same team my whole career. But I expected that (the Redskins) just had a different plan, and I wasn’t apart of it. And that’s okay. I accepted that much of it. It’s a business.”

Morris said he didn’t enjoy the process of free agency and he doesn’t want to do it again. He didn’t enjoy the nitpicking and dissection of his game. Dallas entered the Morris sweepstakes a bit late in the process, but the move just made sense.

“Dallas actually came on late,” Morris said. “I talked to a lot of other teams early on, like Miami, Denver … then I did a visit (in Dallas) and it just seemed like a good fit. It was an opportunity to continue doing what I love. Yeah, it was a rival team, but I didn’t even think about that. I was a kid trying to keep his dream alive.”

As a member of the Redskins, Morris rushed for 4,713 yards and 29 touchdowns. A four-year starter in Washington, Morris has been reduced to a third-down back in Dallas behind the Cowboys’ 2016 first-round pick Ezekiel Elliott. He said he plans to make the most of whatever the Cowboys ask him to do this Sunday — not because there are ill feelings. It’s just how he approaches the job.

“I don’t feel like I have anything to prove,” Morris said. “I’m not going to go out there and try to go any harder than I do, because I give every play my all. I’m always going hard. Every play could be my last.”

Morris plans on hanging out with his former pregame crew of game day FedExField workers to catch up with some of his Washington friends. And while Morris isn’t exactly sure what his reception will be in his first game back, he’s hoping for a good one.

“I’m not sure honestly,” Morris said on what to expect from his welcome back. “I just hope for the best and prepare for the worst, so we’ll see what happens. It’ll be interesting to say the least.”

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