Felix Jones out for the season

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Just when you thought the Cowboys were about to recover from a rash of injuries, rookie running back Felix Jones has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his left big toe. On the Friday before their bye weekend, Jones was going through some drills when he injured the toe. Coach Wade Phillips would only say that Jones "slipped."

"I think he's got a great future and that's why we want to make sure of that," Phillips said. "It could be a problem if he doesn't get the surgery pretty soon."

It's a big setback for a team that's been looking forward to having someone to complement starting running back Marion Barber. Phillips described the injury as "the worst of the turf toe injuries."

Here's a portion of the press release from Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple:

"Additional tests that were taken on Monday were evaluated this morning by Dr. Robert Anderson, a foot and ankle specialist who is based in Charlotte, N.C.

"Today, on the basis of the evaluation of the Cowboys' medical team, with additional input from Dr. Anderson, it was determined that the best option for Felix's long-term future as an NFL player will be for him to undergo a surgical procedure that will repair a torn ligament that is located beneath his left great toe."

Now, people are worried about Barber having to carry too much of the load. Can he take that type of punishment?

In the early 1990s, Jimmy Johnson was asked if he was worried about running his lead horse, Emmitt Smith, into the ground. Johnson's answer?

"When you run this horse into the ground, you go find another one."