Felix Jones passes test, can practice

Updated: August 2, 2012, 9:33 AM ET
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

OXNARD, Calif. -- Felix Jones, Brodney Pool and Andre Holmes have passed the Dallas Cowboys' conditioning test, but coach Jason Garrett said they will not practice Wednesday afternoon.

The players are off on Thursday, which means the earliest they would get on the practice field would be Friday.

"I was very disappointed in myself," Jones said. "I had to work hard to get back out there for my teammates. They encouraged me. They kept me going. With all their support, I couldn't fail."

The players had to run two sets of 10 60-yard sprints with each needing to be completed in eight seconds with a 20-second break in between sprints and a two-minute break after the 10th sprint. Wednesday's session came under the watchful eye of owner and general manager Jerry Jones as the rest of the team went through an hour-long workout.

The players missed three walk-through sessions and two three-hour practices conducted without pads.

"I don't really think I've fallen behind," said Holmes, who is competing for the No. 3 wide receiver role. "When I've been able to watch I've been watching and in the classroom I've been concentrating, so I'm going to be ready when I get on the field."

Garrett said Holmes and Pool focused more on long-distance running that left them poorly prepared for the conditioning test. Pool said he worked the longer distances to drop weight after playing at 213 pounds at the June minicamp. He said he weighs 205 pounds now.

Pool is competing for the starting safety spot opposite Gerald Sensabaugh. His top competitor, Barry Church, has had a strong start to camp.

"I'm very anxious," Pool said. "I've been waiting for it. Unfortunately, I was over there what I called the coffin corner. It was OK. I'm just proud of the guys that were over there. We passed the test together. We did it together and now we get to practice."

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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