ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 31: Running back Felix Jones #28 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Cowboys Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Cowboys’ running back Felix Jones left Sunday’s victory over the Detroit Lions in the second quarter with a hip injury, and was taken back for x-rays. Though the x-rays came back negative, Jones had suffered a bruised hip--to be sure, a painful though minor injury--and finished with 11 carries for 51 yards, a great deal of which came as Dallas was attempting to close out the game.
It wasn’t Emmitt Smith playing with a dislocated shoulder against New York all those years back, but a respectable show of toughness all the same, for a guy known more for his playmaking ability than his toughness as a runner. For teammates and coaches, though, Jones’ showing Sunday came as no surprise at all.
"Ever since Felix Jones got here we’ve liked him as a football player and he fought through some injuries earlier in his career," head coach Jason Garrett said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "It had been injuries that were legitimate injuries, it’s never been a question of if this guy was a space player and he can’t run tough inside.
“We always felt that Felix Jones could do that. I think Felix showed his toughness today, he got banged up a little bit and then came back and was a big part of it at the end and that shows the kind of toughness he has and what he feels about this football team and playing on Sunday afternoon."
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