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Jones Misses Practice; Ware & Ratliff Return

One of the concerns with RB Felix Jones has always been his durability. Well, it appears he might be a little shaken up again this week. Jones was experiencing cramps during the Cowboys win over the Buccaneers on Saturday night. Jones’ absence was one of the reasons the team turned to the recently signed veteran, Sammy Morris, especially late in the game. Morris finished with 12 carries for 53 yards.

Jones has been asked to carry the load since rookie DeMarco Murray went down with a broken ankle against the Giants two weeks ago. Since that time he has rushed for 214 yards in the last two games. He has built up trust from his teammates and demonstrated patience and a good burst of speed through the holes. Honestly, he looks more like a complete back now.

The Cowboys didn’t release Jones’ injury. Jones did attend practice in sweats and worked DT Josh Brent who has a knee injury. Jones left to go into the training facility and did not appear again for the remainder of practice. Hopefully the injury is not serious. Other than Morris, the only other running back on the roster is Chauncy Washington who is on the practice squad.

The was also some good news on Tuesday as LB DeMarcus Ware and DT Jay Ratliff were both healthy enough to practice. Ware, who has been dealing with a neck stinger, and Ratliff both sat out the second half against the Bucs in an effort to gain some extra rest. Another good sign was the return of T Tyron Smith who was hurt in the last 2 minutes of the Tampa game. All three looked like they were healthy today.

The Cowboys will need all hands on deck when they face Philadelphia on Christmas Eve. The Eagles handed Dallas their biggest loss of the season at the end of October 34-7.

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