DALLAS - SEPTEMBER 15: Running back Felix Jones #28 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball past Darren Howard #90 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Texas Stadium on September 15, 2008 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
In a post on the Dallas Morning News Cowboys Blog yesterday, Felix Jones expressed frustration over his history of injuries, including the sprained PCL that has kept him out of action since Dallas' week three win over Carolina at home.
"It's a little tough to go through the off-season, the pre-season feeling good, get into the season a couple of games then get hurt,'' Jones said. "Last year it happened the same way. I did kind of get down on myself, but you know, I've just got to keep working hard, keep going out there and getting better every day and not let it get to me.''
The frustration apparent in Jones' voice is understandable; of the 23 games Dallas has played since drafting Jones out of Arkansas in 2008, he has missed 12 due to injury--ten with hamstring and toe issues last season, and two thus far with the knee injury.
However, according to the report, Jones remains optimistic about returning on October 25, when Dallas comes off their bye week to meet Atlanta at home.
"I just try to get back to where it feels good to me, where I'm able to go out there and play again and have fun,'' Jones continued. "It's been frustrating, but you've got to take it as it comes. Deal with the punches and try to come back and make a difference, come back stronger. That's how I deal with it."
This is a hopeful scenario for Dallas who have recently, without Terrell Owens and with Jones out of the lineup, sorely missed a big-play threat. Jones is averaging 10.1 yards per carry thus far this season--a remarkable number, to say the least--but, then, with Jones, talent has never been the question.