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September 27, 2012

Cowboys punter Chris Jones glad to have avoided surgery, hopes to be back after the bye, never saw hit coming

Cowboys punter Chris Jones said he is glad he dodged surgery for his sprained left (kicking) knee, because that would have meant six months of recovery or more.

“Looking at how you come back on it, possibly a career-ending deal,” he said.

Jones spoke to reporters Thursday at Valley Ranch. He said he hopes to return after the bye week from the injury, suffered when he was run into on a kick in last week’s game against Tampa Bay.

“I’m hoping after the bye I’m good, but there is no way to tell for sure,” he said. “I’m just taking it day by day for now.”

At halftime, Jones took an anti-inflammatory and punted one more time, putting the ball to the Tampa Bay 18-yard line on a 29-yard punt.

“It was more stiff being up and walking around on it constantly, and it was a little pain when I was kicking,” he said. He remembers when he got hit, “I knew it could be bad. I didn’t know what it was going to be. I just know it didn’t feel good.”

Jones said he never saw the hit coming.

“I had no idea because we actually, if you see the film, we were in a right punt, and we were actually punting backside,” he said. “We were going to go away from the call, so whenever I turned to kick opposite, that basically became my backside and I had no idea what was going on. He got there quick, though. I didn’t know I got the ball off. I had no idea.

“Everybody said it looked like at the time he hit me was the bam-bam with my foot hitting the ball. It was one of those things when he hit me, I was like, ‘That sucked,’ and I landed on the ground and there was a little bit of pain, and then I’m kind of like, ‘Where did the ball go?’ and I hear cheering, and I get up, and there’s 20 guys in a mound over there, and the next thing I know, we got the ball.

“It turned out good. We still got points off of it.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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