BALTIMORE – At one point in the second half the Cowboys had to turn their running game over to Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar because of DeMarco Murray’s sprained foot and Felix Jones needing an intravenous fluid because of cramps.
Tanner did not have a carry before Sunday and Dunbar was just called up from the practice squad last week to help on special teams.
Tanner ran nine times for 31 yards and Dunbar had one carry for 11 yards.
“You’ve got to be ready all the time,” Dunbar said. “You never know what’s going to happen. (Murray) was banged up and (Jones) was cramping, but when your number is called I had to step up and do my job.”
Tanner did not feel extra pressure to make plays, just a chance to perform. He took a good hit from Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis on one carry, but later ran through the future Hall of Famer for a nice carry. And he let Lewis know it.
“I was messing with him,” Tanner said. “I had to because he hit me on that first play, so that time I had to say something. I mean, he’s a great player. I admire him. I play offense and I still admire the way he plays. He will be a Hall of Famer, but I did have something to say to him.”