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With DeMarco Murray (sprained foot) listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns, Felix Jones will start for the fifth straight week.
Jones is coming off arguably his best game of the season, rushing for 76 yards and scoring on an 11-yard touchdown pass after breaking at least five tackles against the Eagles, making what was once a disappointing proposition earlier in the season to a solid option.

Jones is admittedly finally healthy and in shape, and it’s showing in his play.

“I feel good,” Jones said. “Everything feels healthy. It’s probably the best I’ve felt all year, and I just want to continue with it. I’m just excited to be out here playing football.”

Things are looking up for Jones who is in the final year of his contract and was hoping for a big season to ensure his return to the Cowboys next year or a free-agent deal with another team. He got off to a slow start in training camp when he came in out of shape and failed the conditioning test. He spent much of camp and the first few weeks of the season trying to get back in shape and his play suffered.

He only had four carries the first four games of the season combined and that doesn’t include the fumble on the opening kickoff that set the tone for the loss against the Seahawks in Week 2.

He then was hobbled by knee an neck injuries, resulting in him gaining just 63 yards on 28 carries in the first two games he started in place of Murray against the Panthers and Giants before rushing for 110 yards on 25 carries the past two games against the Falcons and Eagles, which he called his best game of the season.

Jones said he was bothered by the early disappointments and criticism but he kept believing in himself and is thankful that the Cowboys stayed behind him.

“This is a league where you go through all of that and you have to deal with it,” Jones said. “It was tough, but I just kept the faith and I knew I would overcome one of these days and play the game I love and help my team out. It was just about being patient and believing and that’s what I did.”

Jones is still averaging a career-low 3.8 yards per carry this season but it has climbed steadily the past two games. He hopes to keep it going against the Browns.

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