Felix Jones' snaps dwindling

December, 25, 2012
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IRVING, Texas – With the return of DeMarco Murray from a sprained left foot, Felix Jones has been marginalized in the Cowboys’ offense.

Jones has played 31 snaps in the last four games and has not reached double digits in terms of snaps in the last three games. He saw action in seven plays in Sunday’s loss to New Orleans.

In the first four games of the season in which Murray and Jones were active, Jones saw 50 snaps. In Murray’s absence, Jones played as many as 62 snaps in a game and as few as 33.

“DeMarco’s been playing a lot more for us, obviously on first and second down, and even in the third down situations,” coach Jason Garrett said. “Felix has been dealing with a lot of different injuries over the course of the year, and he’s gotten healthier and healthier as the season has worn on. But just the combination has been right to get DeMarco those chances, and we didn’t have that many plays in the ballgame. They had a lot of plays on offense. I think we had 18 plays at half and however many we had, I think we had maybe in the mid-30s in the second half, so fewer opportunities than normal, and DeMarco just has been in those situations and we feel good about that. But we also feel good about what Felix has done for us, so it’s not a knock on what Felix Jones has or hasn’t done, just went that way (Sunday).”

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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