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DeMarco Murray's fumble costly

Last week against Pittsburgh, the Cowboys were able to overcome DeMarco Murray's red-zone miscue. On Sunday against New Orleans, they couldn’t.

After Murray’s third-quarter fumble at the Dallas 7, the Saints converted the turnover into a Drew Brees’ touchdown pass for a 24-17 lead.

Murray had the ball ripped out as he was twisted to the ground by linebacker Curtis Lofton, who also recovered the fumble.

“Everything just got torqued and the ball came out,” Murray said. “You get torqued like that the defense mechanism is that. You’ve got to brace yourself. The ball shouldn’t come out.”

Murray was on the sidelines for the Cowboys’ next four snaps, replaced by Felix Jones. He said after the game he would need to get looked at by the athletic training staff, but would not specify what. He missed six games with a sprained left foot.

He returned to Sunday’s game without much of an issue and finished with 40 yards rushing on 11 carries. He also caught four passes for 51 yards.

“It’s devastating to play the way I played,” Murray said. “I didn’t play my best game, but I’ll play better next week.”