IRVING, Texas —
Lance Dunbar, who could be Murray’s backup if he can recover from a sprained foot in time, lost a ball against the Cardinals when he stretch it over his head and lost control as he was falling backward after a long run. Receiver Dez Bryant had the ball stripped after a nice gain on a catch and run against Arizona.
Murray was carrying the ball just loosely enough for a Cincinnati defender to punch it out when he was trying to fight for extra yardage.
“Mentally, I’m always ready to play,” Murray said. “I made a mistake and I can’t let that happen. No one needs to motivate me. I know how to motivate myself. Just got to get things better.”
Phillip Tanner got the rest of the carries before halftime — and finished the half with 39 yards on 14 tries. Yet Tanner knows who’s starting and who’s still fighting for a roster spot.
“When (Murray) makes a mistake, he has the same mindset,” said Tanner, who will play while Murray sits Thursday night because most of the starters are expected to be held out of the preseason finale at home against Houston. “He just sits back to himself, he calms down, he gets himself together and he goes out and plays football at its highest level.”
Murray had to wait until the third quarter to make amends, and he was taking handoffs from Kyle Orton instead of Tony Romo. But he did have the first-team offensive line in front of him.
“I wouldn’t say it got my attention, I know how important the ball is,” Murray said. “You can’t fumble. Since I’ve been carrying the ball from high school to college, even here, I’ve never been a fumbler. So, I’m not worried about it.”