Cowboys to use Jones in multipurpose role vs. Steelers

Updated: December 3, 2008, 11:26 AM ET news services

IRVING, Texas -- Adam "Pacman" Jones will be eligible to play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers after his six-game suspension, and Dallas Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said he'll also use his cornerback to return punts.

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Jones has already returned to practice, but the Cowboys still have a roster exemption and do not yet have to put him on their 53-man roster.

In his Monday meeting with the media, Phillips said Jones will return punts and play in defensive sub-packages. Despite not playing in a game since Oct. 12, the coach said Jones returned to the team in good shape.

"He's ready to go," Phillips said, according to The Dallas Morning News. "He wants to play. He's attentive. He's at the meetings early. He's asking questions. As a football player, he's done all the right things since he's been with us."

According to the newspaper, rookie Orlando Scandrick will lose most of his playing time now that Jones is back. The Cowboys also will be without rookie corner Mike Jenkins (hamstring) for a second straight game.

Phillips, however, is eager to see what type of impact Jones could have on the return game.

"He made the first guy miss almost every time" earlier this season, Phillips said, according to the Morning News. "That was what was impressive. You always say one more guy, one more block, but he was real close to going all the way several times. I think he'll be exciting there."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.