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DeMarco Murray Understands Benching

Murray was benched after losing a fumble in the first half of the Bengals game

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    After losing a fumble on the second possession of the game Saturday night, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett made the decision to send a message by benching the DeMarco Murray. Apparently, Murray received the message, redeeming himself with an impressive second half touchdown catch-and-run and finishing with 51 yards on 12 carries.

    "We know how important the ball is," Murray said, per ESPN Dallas. "I think there's different approaches to go about it, so they chose to go about it that way. And I respect that. Just got to take care of the ball. At the end of the day, that's the whole message."

    Murray didn’t ask Garrett about the decision because, he said, he didn’t need to. Rather, the Dallas starter stood on the sideline quietly and watched reserve Phillip Tanner, with whom he was replaced.

    "Let it marinate a little bit," Murray said. "It was a little frustrating, I got to be honest. But I'm just trying to make plays. I'm a competitor.

    "I wasn't mad at anyone, I wasn't pouting on the sidelines, I wasn't anything. I was waiting for my opportunity to get back in the game. Once my number was called, I was ready to play," said Murray. 

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