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Felix Jones prepares to start

IRVING, Texas -- Sunday in Indianapolis, Cowboys running back Felix Jones could make his third start of his career.

The Cowboys are 2-0 when Jones replaces Marion Barber as the starter.

Last season when Barber was out with a strained quad, Jones rushed for 94 yards on just eight carries before leaving with a knee injury in the third quarter of a victory over the Carolina Panthers.

On Nov. 14 of this season, Jones got the start and carried 14 times for 51 yards in a win against the New York Giants. Jones also caught three passes for 85 yards, including a thrilling 71-yard touchdown reception on a screen pass.

You could say Barber started that game because he came in on the second play of the game, but it was clear as has been the case all year that Jones is getting the bulk of the carries.

But Barber is questionable for Sunday's game against the Colts with a strained calf, and that means Jones could move into the starting role full-time.

"You have to prepare every week because you never know what's going to happen," Jones said. "When I get the opportunities I have to take advantage of it. When given those opportunities I will do it to the fullest of my abilities."

Jones has been hampered by a right bruised hip and was limited in practice last week. But he played fine in the loss to the Saints, rushing for 44 yards on 13 carries.

"I'm still keeping on top of it," Jones said of his hip.