The Cowboys rallied to beat the Redskins 27-23 on Sunday with Alfred Morris providing the margin of victory on a four-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Morris’ run came three plays after Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott lost the ball on a hit by Trent Murphy. Right tackle Doug Free averted disaster by falling on the ball, allowing the Cowboys to maintain possession and continue the drive long enough to take the lead.
It was the second time that Elliott fumbled in the game. Redskins corner Josh Norman forced the first one and that one did turn out to be a turnover, although the the Redskins couldn’t do more than kick a field goal after taking possession in Dallas territory.
After the game, Elliott’s fumbles were a topic of conversation for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Jones said the team isn’t concerned that fumbling will be a weekly issue for the rookie and his college numbers — one fumble every 162.5 touches — back that up.
If it does go the other way, the Cowboys can turn to Morris until they feel Elliott has sorted out the issue.