Felix Jones and his banged-up knees got only nine touches – six runs and three catches – against the Redskins last week.
But Cowboys coach Jason Garrett was still impressed by the way the veteran running back competed.
“I really liked how he ran, the will that he had, the determination that he ran with,” Garrett said at his Monday press conference at Valley Ranch. “Made a couple really good plays in the ballgame. That’s who he is. Hopefully he’ll be healed up a little bit more, a little fresher going into this week’s game.”
Jones has been the Cowboys’ starting running back since DeMarco Murray went out with a sprained foot on Oct. 14 against Baltimore. Jones ran for 92 yards in that game, and he had 71 yards against Philadelphia, a game that prompted Garrett to say Jones appeared as healthy as he has been all season.
But against Cleveland in the next game, Jones hurt the other knee, and he was limited in practice in the short week before the Redskins game.
“I thought he really did a good job fighting through the situation he was in,” Garrett said. “I thought he made some real tough competitive runs. He seems healthy coming out of the ballgame. I think the extra few days will certainly help him going forward.”
-- Carlos Mendez