Felix Jones, who failed the team’s conditioning test before training camp because of a shoulder injury that kept him out of the off-season, didn't contribute much in the first four games. He had only three carries for 13 yards and played only 50 plays on offense.
But against the Ravens, DeMarco Murray sprained his foot, leaving the Cowboys to lean on Jones. He had 18 carries for 92 yards and a touchdown in 49 plays.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he finally is the seeing the Felix Jones the team drafted 22nd overall pick in 2008.
"Felix Jones is one of the most conscientious, hardest workers that I’ve been around as a football player," Jerry Jones said on his Friday radio show on KRLD-FM. "You’ve got to almost shoot him to get him off the practice field. So he works at it. Now, he did come in not the shape he wanted to be. I don’t have an answer for that, because that’s not typical of where he is. But since that time, he’s gotten quicker. He is quicker. Maybe he had a little extra pound or two that he shouldn’t have had or wouldn’t have had if he could do it over, but in my mind he’s ready to go. He’s quick. …He’s quicker at practice. You can see some of the quickness that he needs to have to have his game at its best."
Felix Jones will start at Carolina on Sunday, with Phillip Tanner moving into the backup running back role. Lance Dunbar is the team's third running back this week and will return kickoffs.
-- Charean Williams