The season-long durability of running back Felix Jones remains a concern for the Cowboys.
But his toughness and ability to play through pain shouldn't be questioned after he played with a dislocated shoulder against Redskins, turning in a career-high performance with 14 carries for 115 yards.
Jones left the game in the fourth quarter after reinjuring the shoulder. It remains sore, he said, but he has practiced fully all week and will play against the Lions.
“This is a tough game,” Jones said. I just want to go out there and help my team win. I come out to practice and get the feeling of going out there and playing your best and not letting your teammates down. I definitely want to do that and I’m tough enough handle whatever is in front of me. I’m able to what I need to do. Sore or not, I’m not complaining. I’m just happy to be out there.”
The Cowboys rank 27th in rushing, but they are encouraged after their 125 rushing yards against the Redskins.
"Anytime you have a good running game, it just adds to the overall team," Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said. "It keeps your defense off the field; it keeps their offense off the field, allows us to play action, kind of dictates coverages a little bit defensively. If we can run the ball like that in the second half, we have a great shot of having success."
-- Clarence Hill