IRVING, Texas -- Cowboys running back Felix Jones didn't get a rushing attempt in the Thanksgiving Day game vs. Miami. He did touch the ball five times -- one reception and four kick returns -- in the victory.
"I didn't know that he didn't have a carry," starting running back DeMarco Murray said. "Now that I do, I don't know. It's just how the rotation went."
Jones is still working on kickoffs and it appears the team wants to give him more of a role in the offense. But it could change game to game.
Jones missed four games with a high-ankle sprain that eventually cost him his starting job to Murray, who rushed for 601 yards in his absence.
"He's back and he's excited," running backs coach Skip Peete said of Jones. "He looks good, looks quick. So we'll obviously have to utilize both of them."
How is the issue.
The Cowboys could give Jones about 10 touches a game, based on special teams and rushing and receiving plays. But will it be enough to have an impact on the offense?
Murray said adding Jones creates depth at the running back position that's been thinned with the hamstring injury to Phillip Tanner.
"I don't know what is significant, but certainly Felix is a big-time playmaker for us and I'm excited about having him," owner/GM Jerry Jones said. "He does and will have a big role in our success."