Darren McFadden entered Monday’s game with only 12 career fumbles, or once every 100.5 carries. But he lost two fumbles in his first nine carries against the Redskins.
“Man, ball security,” McFadden said. “I just have to protect the ball. It’s nothing more to it. It’s just one of those deals where I have to protect the ball better.”
McFadden’s first fumble – on his first carry and the team’s second offensive snap – didn’t lead to any Redskins’ points. The second led to the Redskins’ field goal in the third quarter.
The Cowboys overcame a minus-2 turnover deficit to win the game.
“Very fortunate, man,” McFadden said. “Having three turnovers, I put the ball on the ground twice. I’m just glad we were able to overcome that and come out with a victory.”
McFadden underwent a cognitive test on the sideline after his second fumble.
“I would have expected him to,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said of McFadden bouncing back. “I was real pleased to see he didn’t have a concussion to deal with, because I felt we were really going to need him as the end of the game came along and of course we did.”
McFadden did return in the fourth quarter and scored the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter, though the Cowboys needed a last-second field goal to win it.
“That’s something as football players, you have to have a short memory, man, and go on to the next play,” McFadden said.
McFadden finished with 53 yards on 14 carries. He has been held to 53 or fewer yards in three of the past four games.