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December 11, 2011

With Murray out, Jones gets his job back

DeMarco Murray's ankle injury means Felix Jones has regained the starting running back job.

Jones had lost his job to Murray after spraining his left ankle in the Oct. 16 game against New England. He had 106 yards on 16 carries as the Cowboys rushed for 139 yards against the Giants. It was Jones’ best game since Week 3 when he gained 115 yards on 14 carries against the Redskins.

Jones also had a team-high six catches that went for 31 yards.

But Jones also lost a fumble, with defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul stripping Jones late in the first half. Safety Deon Grant recovered at the Dallas 14, and the Giants kicked a field goal with 1:03 left in the first half.

“I thought he did a really good job, obviously stepping in,” Garrett said of Jones. “He was going to be a complementary player for us behind DeMarco, or with DeMarco, and he had to take the full load tonight. We didn’t have another halfback behind him, so that was an issue in the ball game for us to make sure we spelled him a little bit, because he ran the ball very and caught the ball out of the backfield very well. We gave him a lot of touches and a lot of work in a row, so it was important for us to somehow, someway spell him. I thought he did a good job fighting through it. He was productive throughout the game.”

-- Charean Williams

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I don't understand why the running game is an after thought to Garrett. He saw the value when he was backing up Aikman, but he seems to think that Aikman didn't need a running game. Maybe he couldn't see Emmitt from the bench.

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