Starting running back DeMarco Murray most likely won’t play Sunday against the undefeated Falcons, meaning that for a third consecutive game, the Dallas Cowboys will have to turn to Felix Jones to take the lion’s share of carries. Making matters worse, it’s apparent to those within the organization that Jones is playing through some fairly significant pain.
"I'm concerned because he’s not healthy," Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said of Felix Jones this week, per ESPN Dallas. "We got one already that can't play, and he's banged up. I give Felix a lot of credit. There are other backs that probably just say, 'Hey, I need to get well before I get out there.' But Felix is tough and he wants to be out there and we know he's not 100 percent but he wants to play.
"We’ve had players in the past that wouldn’t go out like that."
Jones managed 19 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in last Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants. He will be spelled in the Falcons game this Sunday by Phillip Tanner, who gained no yards on two carries against the G-Men, and possibly Lance Dunbar, who has served as a kick returner but has just one carry since joining the active roster a couple weeks ago.
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