Running back Felix Jones sprained his ankle, which will keep him out at least one game and likely longer.
Jerry Jones said he is “concerned” about his starting running back’s availability for the short term. It is a high-ankle sprain, the same injury that kept cornerback Orlando Scandrick out three games.
Without Felix Jones, the Cowboys turned to rookie DeMarco Murray, who finished with 32 yards on 10 carries. The Cowboys, who came in with the league’s 26th-ranked rushing offense, finished with 77 yards on the ground, including a 17-yard scramble by quarterback Tony Romo.
In a key situation, the Cowboys couldn’t run the ball to produce a first down. Holding a 16-13 lead with 3:36 left at their 28, the Cowboys ran for a loss of 2, a loss of 1, took a penalty for 5 yards and ran for 8 yards before punting.
“We’ve got to be more consistent with it,” tight end Jason Witten said of the running game. “They are big up front. We knew that. But we have to be better at it. There are no excuses. You have to find ways to run.”
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he liked the way Murray ran.
“I thought he finished runs well,” he said. “He made people miss a little bit. And again, we weren’t running it great, but I thought he was making the most of some of the opportunities that he got.”
Murray said he is ready to assume a bigger role with Felix Jones on the sideline.
“When I get an opportunity when I’m in there, I’m just going to try to make plays and continue to work hard,” he said. “I think Felix is going to make a full recovery. I think he’ll be fine. He’s tough. He’s a fighter.”
-- Carlos Mendez