Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray said he will not change his playing style despite fumbling five times already this season.
Murray, the league's leading rusher through eight games, lost his fifth fumble of the season during the second quarter of Monday night's loss to the Washington Redskins. After catching a pass from Tony Romo, Murray tried to extend the play but lost control of the ball near the Redskins' five-yard line.
His five lost fumbles are the most in the NFL, but he said his mindset will not change moving forward.
“I’m going to continue to play hard and fight for every inch,” Murray said. “What happened, I’ve just got to just lock two hands on it. I’m going to continue to fight and run hard as I can to get us every inch and every yard I can, but I’ve just got to lock it up with two hands.”
The 26-year-old has surpassed 100 yards on the ground in all eight of the Cowboys' games to start the season, an NFL record. He finished Monday night's game with 141 rushing yards and added 80 receiving yards.
For the season, Murray has 1,054 rushing yards on 206 carries with seven rushing touchdowns, all of which lead the league. He is on pace to break Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record.
Murray's hot start has helped lead the Cowboys to a 6-2 record. After finishing No. 16 in total yards last season, Dallas has improved to No. 4 this season.
The Cowboys host the Arizona Cardinals (6-1) on Sunday at 1 p.m. in a battle of division leaders.
- Paul Palladino