Prior to Sunday’s loss to the Ravens in Baltimore, Cowboys running back Felix Jones had a total of 13 yards rushing on the season, and hadn’t seen more than one carry in any game. His work as the team’s primary kick returner wasn’t any more impressive, leading some to believe that something was wrong with the Arkansas product.
One of the more popular theories was that Jones was overweight--he did fail the team’s initial fitness test in training camp, after all--but against Baltimore, Jones looked like his old self more or less, going for 92 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. He’ll get another chance against Carolina this week with DeMarco Murray sidelined with a foot injury and, according to head coach Jason Garrett, weight “never was really an issue” for Jones.
“I think the biggest issue with Felix was the injury that he had and missed the entire off-season,” Garrett said, per the Dallas Morning News. “Difficult for him to run and get himself in the condition that he needs to get into to play running back in the National Football League. But that was a long time ago. He’s played a lot of football since then. He worked his way back through training camp and got some opportunities the other day in the game and showed us what he can do.”
Jones had offseason shoulder surgery that limited him throughout the offseason.
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