IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys fully expect Felix Jones to play Saturday against Philadelphia despite missing back-to-back practices with a hamstring injury, but the uncertainty could lead to Chauncey Washington’s promotion from the practice squad Friday.
With Jones at least a little bit hobbled, the Cowboys would like to take away some of Sammy Morris’ special teams responsibilities. Last week at Tampa Bay, Morris played on the kickoff and punt coverage teams.
Washington was signed to the practice squad Nov. 30. He went through a similar dance with the Cowboys in 2009 when Jones missed two games with a knee injury. He played for special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis in Jacksonville.
“I’m preparing as if my name gets called upon I’ll be ready,” Washington said.
Like Morris, Washington was out of football when the Cowboys called. His familiarity with DeCamillis’ coverage schemes, experience and the fact that he was practice squad eligible played a big part in the team’s decision to sign him.
“I’ve always kept my body in shape like I’ve played every week,” Washington said, “so my routine’s never really changed.”