- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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SAN ANTONIO – Wade Phillips announced during his afternoon press conference that Felix Jones would sit out a practice for precautionary reasons due to swelling in his knee. Minutes later, there was Jones wearing his helmet and shoulder pads and joining his teammates on the field.
Jones begged associate athletic trainer Britt Brown to let him practice. The swelling in the knee went down, so Brown gave his approval as long as Jones’ reps were limited.
“I hate to miss practice,” Jones said. “I feel like I’m losing ground. But I felt good. I just decided to practice.”
Jones said he has no concerns about the knee, but the athletic training staff will closely monitor it. It’s his left knee, which is the one that suffered a torn posterior cruciate ligament to cause him to miss two games last season.
There are doubts about the durability of Jones, who bulked up to 220 pounds and will probably get an increased workload this season. He missed a total of 20 games with a hamstring tear, torn toe ligament and the knee injury in his first two seasons.
“The guy is a tough guy,” running backs coach Skip Peete said. “The injuries that he’s had, I don’t care who you are, you’re not going to play.”
Jones talked his way onto the practice field Tuesday afternoon, but he’ll have to sit if the swelling returns.