Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Cowboys' RB Jones aiming for Falcons game

by's Matt Mosley

Per's Calvin Watkins, Cowboys running back Felix Jones (knee) told reporters at Valley Ranch on Wednesday that he hopes to return for the Oct. 25 game against the Falcons. He'll continue to rehab his left knee this week with the Cowboys having a bye and then he'll try to return to practice next Wednesday.

"It can be frustrating, but you've got to take it as it comes and roll with the punches," Jones said, "and try to come back and make a difference and come back stronger. That's how I deal with it and stay on the field next time."

If Jones is able to make it back in time for the Falcons, offensive coordinator Jason Garrett needs to take it easy with Jones. Until he proves that he can play a couple of months without getting hurt, there's no way I'd give him more than eight or nine carries in a game. It's hard to keep him on the sideline because he's such an explosive player, but if anyone knows how to ice a running back, it's Garrett. The Cowboys invested a first-round pick in Jones in 2008, so it's hard for them to think of him as a third-down back.

But that doesn't have to be the case. Jones can start a drive or he can come in to give Tony Romo another option in the passing game. His presence alone makes the Cowboys a more dangerous offense. For now, though, it's time to stop begging the Cowboys to give him more carries.

Tashard Choice is the Cowboys' most durable back at this point and if anyone needs more carries, it's him. Now I'm anxious to see what you think.