Saturday, December 24, 2011
Cowboys had a plan for Felix Jones
By Todd Archer
ARLINGTON, Texas -- After not practicing all week because of tightness in his hamstring, running back Felix Jones lasted one series longer than Tony Romo.
Once the New York Giants’ win was official, Jones was put on ice for the rest of the 20-7 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday. He finished with four carries for 24 yards.
“Felix was getting himself ready all week long to try and play this game,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “He didn’t practice the whole week. He did more stuff yesterday to get himself ready and warmed up well before the game. That was going to be a situation that we were going to monitor based on what was happening up in New York. If he was ready to go and play, we were going to try and give him a go. At the same time we were going to be very mindful of what his condition was throughout the ballgame.”
Sammy Morris, playing in only his second game of the season, carried 13 times for 29 yards and limped off the field in the second half when he took a hit to his knee, but he was able to return. Chauncey Washington, who was promoted from the practice squad Friday, had one carry for minus-1 yard. He also caught two passes for 13 yards.
“Being a veteran I’ve done it a long time, having this situation we had with Felix coming in, we didn’t know what to expect,” Morris said. “That’s the reason why I don’t keep a certain mindset of, ‘I’ve got to get ready for 20 carries,’ or, ‘I have to get ready for five carries.’ I just prepare to be ready.”