Bruised knee kept Felix Jones out late

CHARLOTTE – Felix Jones was on the sideline for most of the Cowboys’ final two drives Sunday at Carolina because of a bruised knee.

Jones ran for 44 yards on 15 carries, filling in for an injured DeMarco Murray, but he suffered a neck strain on the second play from scrimmage and a bruised knee later.

With Jones slowed, the Cowboys turned to second-year running back Phillip Tanner to handle the running back duties. Tanner carried three times for 4 yards on the Cowboys’ final drive. His first carry of the drive was wiped out because of a horse-collar penalty on Panthers linebacker James Anderson.

The Cowboys are hopeful Murray can return this week against the New York Giants after suffering a sprained left foot against Baltimore. Murray, who was in a protective boot and on crutches last week, will have more tests today. In the season-opening win against the Giants on Sept. 5, Murray ran for 131 yards on 20 carries.