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November 14, 2012

Cowboys' Lance Dunbar not happy with how he's running the ball, says he's thinking too much

Rookie running back Lance Dunbar is getting his chance to play in the NFL, but he is not happy with how he’s playing.

“I can’t afford to have a game like I did last week,” he said Wednesday at Valley Ranch. “I’ve got to play like I practice. I’ve got to play like it in the game – work hard, read my cuts, read the defense.”

Dunbar, who ran six times for 20 yards last week against Philadelphia, said he is still thinking about one run where he should have continued to the outside instead of stutter-stepping as a defender closed in.

“Just thinking too much instead of reacting,” he said. “It’s when I’m like, ‘What should I do next?,’ that’s when you get caught up in thinking too much and you mess up.”

Dunbar was also unhappy with himself for fumbling on a kickoff return. He said a helmet or something hit the ball, and he shouldn’t have lost it.

But he is still confident in his ability. He said he hopes he keeps earning chances because he knows sooner or later, DeMarco Murray is coming back.

“He jokes with me,” Dunbar said. “He says, ‘Enjoy it, because I’m coming back and I’m not coming off the field.’ ”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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