IRVING, Texas – Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones is concerned about Felix Jones’ health. The Cowboys running back was listed as questionable on last week’s injury report because of a bruised left knee and it was revealed Thursday that he is also dealing with an injured shoulder.
“I’m concerned because he’s not healthy,” Stephen Jones said during Thursday’s practice at Valley Ranch. “We got one already that can’t play. He’s banged up. I give Felix a lot of credit. There’s other backs that would 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. We know he’s not 100 percent, so does he. But he wants to play.
“He’s got some things going on that are real. I give Felix a lot of credit for playing. We’ve had players before in the past that wouldn’t go out like that.”
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Thursday that the 25-year-old running back, who has been starting in place of the injured DeMarco Murray, hurt his shoulder in Sunday’s 29-24 loss to the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium.
“We just got to see Felix’s health going in,” Garrett said. “Felix is coming off of a knee injury and also got a little banged up in his shoulder in the game the other day. So, we’ll see what his health is going into this game.”
Felix Jones, who was at practice on Thursday, separated his right shoulder during a Week 2 win in San Francisco last year. He played through the pain and underwent offseason shoulder surgery.
The former first-round pick rushed 13 times for 19 yards against the Giants. If he is unable to start, Phillip Tanner will step into the lead role.