The Dallas Cowboys continue to reassure the media that running back Felix Jones missing the last two days of practice is no cause for concern. Jones did not practice Tuesday or Wednesday due to a tight hamstring, but team officials say his rest is only for precautionary reasons.
Jones is the only running back on the Cowboys’ active roster that’s been a featured back in the NFL. Dallas signed veteran Sammy Morris after starter DeMarco Murray had season-ending ankle surgery and he may be the Cowboys’ primary rushing option if Jones isn’t ready to go when the Philadelphia Eagles come to town on Christmas Eve. Morris is confident he can handle the rushing load if called upon.
“I’m just looking forward to doing my part to help the team win, to make a run at the playoffs,” Morris said. “It’s a crucial time of time of the year. We control our own destiny, and that’s pretty much what I’m looking forward to. I know that’s not interesting. But whether it’s five carries or 20 carries, that’s my approach; I’m helping the team win.”
Morris played very well in his Cowboys debut, rushing for 53 yards on 12 carries in a 31-15 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The veteran may be asked to carry the ball often against the Eagles if Jones’ hamstring doesn’t loosen up in time for him to practice on Friday.
If Morris does have to start for the Cowboys, this is a good game to do it. The Eagles have given up 113 rushing yards per game this season and Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is on a hot streak. Romo should be able to open up running lanes for Morris and possibly Jones. The Cowboys are going to need all offensive weapons to be ready for this critical NFC East matchup.
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