Felix Jones said with the exception of one thing, he has had a great training camp.
“You subtract the conditioning test, I think I did pretty good,” the Cowboys running back said.
The reporters around him chuckled. Somebody said they had forgotten about the conditioning test, which he failed and had to retake three days into training camp.
“I hope a lot of people forget about the test!” Jones said with an excited smile.
Then he turned serious. “But you know, it happened. I’ve got to deal with it. People talk about it. But I’m past that now. It’s in the background,” he said.
Jones said he is 100 percent healthy following offseason shoulder surgery. Last year, he couldn’t raise his arm to catch passes, and he said the pain in his shoulder affected the way he ran.
“You try to baby it and try not get hit on it, but you know, with this game, you can’t do that,” he said. “You can’t play your game and try to protect yourself at the same time. I’m glad I did what I did this offseason. Now I’m ready for 2012. I can’t wait to get going.”
Jones said he likes the way the offense looks right now, and he’s eager to see what he can do in it now that he has in good shape and has a clear mind, undistracted by the shoulder injury.
“I had to cancel out negativity and just focus on what I’ve been doing,” he said. “This is what I do for a living. I love it. I just had to go out there and play my game.”
-- Carlos Mendez