IRVING, Texas – How tough is Chris Jones? He punted with a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Jones does not need surgery but he was placed on injured reserve Wednesday to make room for safety Charlie Peprah.
The Cowboys wanted to give Jones time to rehab the injury, but he was forced to punt at Baltimore on Oct. 14 after Brian Moorman suffered a groin injury in practice leading up to that game. He punted one time for 32 yards and held for Dan Bailey’s field goal attempts.
“Chris just had to really accelerate his recovery and punt for us, and that was really a challenge for him,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He went out there with a knee injury that probably was a challenge for him to punt as effectively as he did. He had only one punt in the game, so he wasn’t out there very much, but he punted well and handled the situation well.”
Jones suffered the injury Sept. 23 against Tampa Bay when he nearly had a punt blocked for the second straight game. He punted twice more in the second half.
Moorman will handle the punting duties for the rest of the season. He was able to return to action last week at Carolina. In two games he has averaged 44 yards per punt with a 42.3-yard net average.