Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Felix Jones gives a thumbs up
By Calvin Watkins
IRVING, Texas -- Cowboys starting running back Felix Jones practiced at Valley Ranch on Wednesday and said, "feeling good," and gave a thumbs up regarding his playing status for Sunday night at the New York Giants.
Jones got only a handful of snaps last week versus the Philadelphia Eagles because of a tight hamstring.
Jones didn't practice last week, yet still played in the game after a good walkthrough session the day before the game. Jones finished with 24 yards on just four carries and coach Jason Garrett said he looked good.
In the last three games, Jones has rushed for over 100 yards twice. The consecutive 100-yard games, vs. the Giants and at Tampa Bay, marked the first time that's happened in his career.
With DeMarco Murray out for the season with a fractured ankle, it's up to Jones and veteran back Sammy Morris to take over the running game. Morris has rushed for 82 yards on 25 carries in the two games he's played since signing a contract on Dec. 13.
"You’ll see some subtle differences. [Felix Jones and Sammy Morris] are both two exceptional backs," Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka told reporters. "We have to prepare for them the same ways in terms of how they can stop and start. For us we have to be technique-sound and go back to the same old thing -- if everybody does their job, the defense will be alright."