Felix Jones: Return next week possible

Updated: October 14, 2009, 2:21 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING -- Running back Felix Jones, one of the Dallas Cowboys' most explosive players, said Wednesday that it is possible he will return for the Oct. 25 game at Atlanta.

Jones, who is averaging 10.1 yards a carry, said he's feeling good in his recovery from a sprained ligament in his left knee, but is cautious.

"You have to be careful with the intensity level," Jones said before practice.

Jones has missed two games since the knee injury on Sept. 28 vs. Carolina and is working toward running at some point this week. He wants to practice fully next Wednesday, but understands its a delicate process. The Cowboys have a bye this Sunday.

"It can be frustrating, but you've got to take it as it comes and roll with the punches," Jones said, "And try to come back and make a difference and come back stronger. That's how I deal with it and stay on the field next time."

Jones, in his second season, has not played a full season since becoming the Cowboys' first-round pick in 2008. He suffered a toe injury in a game at Arizona last Oct. 12. While rehabilitating the toe injury, Jones injured a hamstring and was lost for the rest of the season.

"It was a little tough going through the offseason and preseason and feeling good," Jones said. "Now you're getting to the season and a couple games in, and getting hurt. Last year, it happened the same way. I did get down on myself, but I just got to keep working hard and staying in the training room and not letting it get to me."

Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com.

Calvin Watkins covers the Houston Rockets and the NBA for ESPN.com. He joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers as well as colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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