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September 18, 2012

Jerry Jones: Ridiculous to consider cutting Felix Jones, who will remain on returns

Running back Felix Jones opened training camp by flunking the conditioning test and has yet to regain his old burst and playmaking ability.

That was typified in the 27-7 loss to Seattle when Jones set the tone for the game with a fumble on the opening kickoff.

Owner Jerry Jones defended the running back after a slow training camp, saying it was ridiculous to even consider cutting the former first round pick.

Jones said on his radio show on 105.3 FM Tuesday morning that he feels the same way now.

“Yes I do. Because I do.” a terse Jones said. “I feel like we are in good shape. That’s it on that move on.”

And even though coach Jason Garrett said the team may consider looking at other options on kickoff returns, the owner said no change will be made there either.  Felix Jones is averaging a career low on kickoff returns in 2012.

"I don’t know about that," Jones said. "I think we saw him be quick at practice last week. I think we need to give him a little more room out there.  Felix has returned a lot of kickoffs in his time – All-American twice in college as a kickoff returner. We have over the years been reluctant to use him as a kickoff returner because we didn’t want to risk injury, but we’ve decided this year to use him as a kickoff returner. He should be a great asset for us. That’s the way it remains." 

Clarence Hill 

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