Dallas Cowboys: DeMarco Murray

DeMarco Murray ready to carry load

September, 14, 2014
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Last week, Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray fumbled on his first carry. This week, he fumbled on his fourth.

After slamming his helmet down and muttering to himself for a couple of minutes, he walked over to each starting offensive lineman and said he'd make up for his mistake.

Did he ever.

Murray finished with 29 carries for 167 yards, the third-highest total of his career, in the Cowboys' 26-10 win against Tennessee.

After Murray's fumble, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he spoke briefly to the four-year veteran.

"I told him that was his third [sic] carry and he was going to get about 30," said Garrett, "so hold onto the damn ball."

Murray is not a player with a reputation for fumbling. In his first three seasons, he fumbled seven times, losing three, in 542 carries. Already, he's lost two fumbles this season.

Still, Murray finished the first half with 17 carries for 115 yards as the Cowboys built a 16-0 lead.

"Yeah, I can't let that happen," Murray said of running more determined after his fumble. “I just have to revert to what I’m used to doing and holding it in the hand that I’m comfortable in. I just can’t let that happen. I will work on it."

Murray, who’s missed 11 games in his first three seasons, has carried the ball 51 times in the Cowboys' first two games.

It's the highest two-game total of his career.

“We've talked about him being a guy who can be a bell cow," Garrett said, "and there's never been any evidence to me from the minute he showed up at the Dallas Cowboys that he couldn't do these kinds of things."

DeMarco Murray is getting better

October, 25, 2012
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IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys will likely be without starting running back DeMarco Murray (sprained foot) for Sunday's game at the New York Giants.

Murray walked through the Cowboys locker room with no protective boot or knee scooter. He wore sneakers as he strolled through and smiled when asked about his status.

Asked how he's feeling, Murray said, "It's getting better, it's better, it's better."

When asked would he return next week at Atlanta, Murray repeated that he's getting better.

It seems the Cowboys are not quite sure when Murray will return to the field because he's still recovering. Coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday Murray isn't trying to put too much weight on his foot.

Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones was uncertain about his starting running back's status when asked about him Wednesday.

"I don’t think it’s long term," he said. "I think we’ll have him back in the foreseeable future."

Jones was then asked if the Cowboys have Murray for the Falcons game and he said, "I wouldn’t predict."

The running back position is fragile for the Cowboys. Murray's out and backup Felix Jones has a bruised left knee that caused him to miss Wednesday's practice. Jones was a limited participant Thursday and baring any setbacks, is expected to start against the Giants.

Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar are the other running backs on the roster and they split carries in practice Wednesday with the first-team.

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