Despite benching, DeMarco Murray says he's not a fumbler

Despite benching, DeMarco Murray says he's not a fumbler

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OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 9: Running back DeMarco Murray #29 of the Dallas Cowboys gets caught between linebacker Kevin Burnett #94 and defensive end Andre Carter #97 of the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter of a preseason game on August 9, 2013 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Raiders won 19-17. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on August 26, 2013 at 5:44 PM

IRVING -- Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was the first to step up and talk during the team’s media availability on Monday.

The big question was how he reacted to being bench after he fumbled the ball during the second series of Saturday night’s preseason game against the Bengals. He had a lot of time to think about it before he got to play again in the second half.

"Yeah, I let it marinate a little bit," Murray said. "It was a little frustrating, you know, to be honest. But once again, I’m just trying to make plays, I’m a competitor. I wasn't mad at anyone. I wasn't pouting on the sideline, I wasn't anything. I was just waiting for my opportunity to get back in the game. Once my number was called, I was ready to play."

Murray finished the night with 12 carries for 51 yards. Head coach Jason Garrett sent a subtle message by pulling him from the game.

"I know how important the ball is," Murray said. "I wouldn't say it got my attention. I know how important the ball is. You can't fumble. Since I’ve been carrying the ball since high school, college, even here, I’ve never been a fumbler. I won't be so I'm not worried about it."

Murray has respect for Garrett and will do whatever he is asked to do.

"I'm always going to be behind him," the running back said. "Whatever is best for the team. I'm all for it. I made a mistake and I can't let that happen."

Murray was jokingly asked if he expects quarterback Tony Romo to get pulled when he throws an interception, Murray replied: "I highly doubt that, but we'll see!"

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