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September 16, 2012

Chris Jones never saw this one coming: Punt block dooms the Cowboys

The Cowboys talked all week about limiting Leon Washington's returns after Washington opened the season in a big way against the Cardinals. Washington averaged only 7.0 yards on one punt return and 20.0 yards on one kickoff return. He didn't kill the Cowboys, but a punt block did.

Malcolm Smith came up the middle -- it appeared Dan Connor missed the block -- to take the ball of Chris Jones' foot. Jeron Johnson picked the ball up off the bounce for a 3-yard touchdown. It gave Seattle a 10-0 lead and all the points they would need only 4:37 into the game.

"I didn’t even see the pressure," Jones said. "I knew they were going to come. We had been scheming for rushes all week. Honestly, I have no idea what happened."

It was only the fourth game Jones has played in his NFL career. He ended up averaging 45.8 yards on five punts, but his net was only 37.0.

"I know I’ve got to come back and perform the next one," Jones said. "Once that happens, it happens. It’s done, and you’ve got to move on."

-- Charean Williams

Twitter: @NFLCharean





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