Felix Jones sits with bruised hip

Updated: November 23, 2010, 4:07 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys leading rusher Felix Jones missed practice with a bruised right hip for the second consecutive day and his status for Thursday's game against the New Orleans Saints is "day to day," interim coach Jason Garrett said Tuesday.

Jones suffered the injury on the first possession of the third quarter in Sunday's victory over the Detroit Lions.

If Jones can't play, Tashard Choice will be the backup behind starter Marion Barber.

"We'll evaluate it day-to-day," Garrett said after Tuesday's practice. "One of the problems with a short week is that you have about 72 hours to recover from the previous game. So he got nicked up a little bit. We'll evaluate it over the next 48 hours and see if he's ready to go."

Garrett said Jones is responding to treatment, and that gives the Cowboys hope he could play on Thanksgiving Day vs. the Saints.

Durability has been a question for Jones since he entered the league in 2008. He missed the last 10 games of his rookie season with toe and hamstring injuries. Last season, Jones missed two games with a strained knee.

Jones hasn't missed any games this season. In fact, he's played through dehydration and a bruised hip.

Even though he doesn't start, Jones leads the team with 404 rushing yards on 98 carries. He's yet to score a rushing touchdown, but has caught 30 passes for 277 yards with one touchdown.

Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his mailbag.

Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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