LANDOVER, Md. -- Felix Jones returned to the field Sunday after missing the last four games with a left high ankle sprain. Jones came in on the fifth play of the Dallas Cowboys' first possession and gained six yards out of a two-tight end set.
When his day was over, Jones had five carries for 18 yards and one catch for four yards.
"This is what I love to do," Jones said. "It felt good to get back out there."
Jones worked on returning kickoffs during practice last week and there was a thought he might do it in the game Sunday. He hadn't returned a kick since 2009. The Cowboys used Akwasi Owusu-Ansah on kickoffs vs. the Redskins on Sunday. Owusu-Ansah fielded three kickoffs for 56 yards.
It seems the Cowboys will be cautious with giving Jones more touches to prevent him from re-injuring his ankle. For now, DeMarco Murray is the starting running back.
There were several stretches where Murray was in the game while Jones watched from the sidelines. Murray touched the ball 31 times and was targeted seven times in the passing game. Jones touched the ball five times and caught the only pass thrown his way.
"Just getting back out there, first of all is just exciting for me and we'll work on [touches later]," he said. "We'll see what happens."