IRVING, Texas -- Cowboys running back Felix Jones is happy to see DeMarco Murray become a spark for the offense and didn't express any disappointment with losing his starting gig or getting limited touches.
In his first talk with reporters since losing his starting job, Jones said Friday he wasn't upset about getting zero carries in the Thanksgiving Day win over the Miami Dolphins.
"Man, no," he said. "What's the point of tripping or anything like that? We won the game. That’s all that really matters."
Jones touched the ball five times with four kick returns and one reception.
"I think I was doing well," Murray said of the Dolphins game. "I was feeling like I was in a groove and they just left me out there and I think if [Jones] was doing the same thing, he would be left out there too."
Jones opened the season as the starting running back and rushed for 115 yards on 14 carries in a win over Washington in Week 3. But Jones rushed for 69 yards the next two weeks before suffering a high-ankle sprain vs. New England.
Jones missed the next four weeks, and Murray rushed for franchise-record 253 yards against St. Louis in his game as the primary ball-carrier.
In the last six games, Murray has rushed for 761 yards, breaking the franchise mark for yardage over a six-game span set by Emmitt Smith with 744 in 1995.
"He's been looking good," Jones said of Murray. "He's doing good. Once you think about it, he's been doing good since I was hurt and things like that. It's all about friendly competition between us now. It’s always been that. Just going out there and just working hard and trying to get back out there."
This was supposed to be a special season for Jones, who finally was able to take over the No. 1 spot when the team released Marion Barber. All 2011 has done is confirm the durability issues Jones has. He's missed a total six games the last three seasons, but in 2008, his rookie year, he missed 10 games due to hamstring and toe injuries.
The interesting thing about Jones' season is that he played through a dislocated shoulder suffered early in the season.
With Murray running the ball so well, the Cowboys have to find other ways to get Jones touches.
Kickoffs are where Jones could get the bulk of them going forward.
In his rookie season, Jones averaged 27.1 yards per return and scored on a 98-yarder. Jones returned 30 kicks in 2009, but none last year.
"I love kickoff returns," he said. "Kickoff returns is where I got started at and I’m having fun with it. Just getting back used to it."
It still has to be disappointing for Jones to return to a supporting role with the team. He played this role at Arkansas behind Darren McFadden, and when he was drafted by the Cowboys the goal was for him to back up Barber.
Jones was supposed to emerge into an offensive threat, but it hasn't happened on a consistent basis for the Cowboys. And now the former first-round pick has lost his starting job.
"It's just unfortunate," he said. "Just got to deal with that and overcome it."