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October 29, 2009

Felix Jones will return kickoffs

There’s an argument that it’s too risky to use Felix Jones as a kick returner because of his injury history.

 

The Cowboys don’t think so.

 

When newly signed return specialist Allen Rossum went down in the first quarter last Sunday, Jones replaced him on kickoff returns. Had receiver Miles Austin not have joined the starting ranks, he might have gotten the call.

 

It will be Jones, recovered from a strained posterior cruciate ligament, who will return kickoffs Sunday against Seattle, coach Wade Phillips said Thursday. Jones wants the job despite the risks.

 

“This is a physical game,” Jones said. “You can get hurt walking a straight line. You’re just playing football, there’s no way around getting hurt.”

 

The Cowboys could also use rookie receiver Kevin Ogletree. Active in one game this season, Ogletree has four kickoff returns for an average of 23.5 yards, similar to Jones (23.0) and Austin (24.7).

 

“That’s all you really want to do is help the team win,” Ogletree said. “That’s what I’ve been here for. That’s been my motto. When I get in there, I believe it’s going to be trying to make a play or do something to help us.”

 

Jeff Caplan

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