Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 11/15/11
The emergence of Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray came at the expense of featured back Felix Jones, who has missed the last four weeks with a high ankle sprain. But on Sunday, the Cowboys expect Jones to return to the field against the Washington Redskins, but according to Cowboys ownergeneral manager Jerry Jones, he will have a new role to play for the team, as a change-of-pace back for Murray. "One thing that comes to my mind that Murray looks like the more he carries the more effective he gets," Jones said Tuesday on his weekly radio show on 105.3 FM in Dallas. "If you think of that theoretically about a workhorse running back that they get better as the game goes along. "Felix, and this is not negative in any way, Felix has always been a guy that he looks like the best way for him to be his best is to inject him in spots and so we may have a guy here in Murray who can carry a lot of carries and we may have a guy in Felix that can step in there and carry it 13 times a ballgame and really have a chance to break it." After Jones went down with the injury on October 16 at New England, the Cowboys offense seemed to open up with the rookie from Oklahoma lining up in the backfield. Murray has rushed for 601 yards on 75 carries, averaging over 8.0 yards per carry. The improvement in the running game has also opened up the offense for Tony Romo, who has thrown for 918 yards and 8 touchdowns during Murray's starts. And the most impressive stat since Murray has taken over the primary carrying duties for the Cowboys? The Cowboys are 3-1 over their last four games and find themselves back in the thick of the NFC East race. Jerry Jones wants to see the Cowboys get off to another fast start, like they did this weekend after jumping on the Buffalo Bills 21-0 to put the game in hand early in the second quarter. And with another weapon in Felix Jones on the field to complement their new star running back in Murray, Jerry has made it clear to his coaching staff that he expects the same again. "I told our coaching staff it's the way we need to start all the games, with three great drives and great defense," Jones said.
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